My first Martin guitar, acquired new in 1969. Though less expensive than its rosewood-bodied 12-string brethren - such as the D12-28, D12-35 and D12-45 - it has the advantage of an elongated mahogany body with 12 frets exposed, rather than the standard 14, creating a larger sound chamber with just the right tonewood for an acoustic 12. This construction results in a crisp, even sound that's great for recording. It has great balance, chime and projection while, at the same time, maintaining its warmth and woodiness. Original hardshell case.