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(@ksac32)
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I found this acoustic guitar in a pawn shop a little beat up but plays nice-its a made in japan sigma dm-5 by Martin :D --anyone know anything about them? :D
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(@hyperborea)
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Wasn't Sigma a Martin brand and not a Taylor brand?

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Yes, Sigma is Martin's bargain brand. I own a DM-1 that I bought new around 1980 and
it still plays well today.

Even after I got a "real" Martin I still continue to play the Sigma .

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(@tinsmith)
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My kid had one of the first models. It a beater but it always sound OK....Basie but OK for the money. Better than most.

I think I remember Sigma back in 1972ish.


   
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(@ksac32)
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Yes sorry-it said cw martin co. inside--i dont know why i typed taylor.hey cant beat it for 40$ at the pawn shop :D

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(@hyperborea)
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Yes sorry-it said cw martin co. inside--i dont know why i typed taylor.hey cant beat it for 40$ at the pawn shop :D

Yeah, for $40 if it's in good shape that would be pretty good. Apart from any obvious damage, I would make sure that the neck is straight, nothing's loose that shouldn't be, the tuners work, and that the bridge hasn't risen too much over the years. If it's got any problems you'll have to factor the cost of fixing those (either yourself or by a luthier) in the price. How does it play?

Harmony Central has a few reviews on the guitar - http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/product/Sigma/DM5/10/1 You sometimes have to weed out some of the reviews on Harmony Central (like everywhere else) and throw away the reviews from the fanboys and the haters but for the DM-5 they seem to all be reasonable reviews.

P.S. Did you know that your avatar looks like Silent Bob? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_and_Silent_Bob

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(@ksac32)
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lol yes i have heard several times that i look like silent bob :D One of the cool things about this guitar is the bridge has 2 screws to adjust the height.everything else seems good it was in tune when i bought it and still is-i have not even changed the strings yet.

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(@wes-inman)
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Sigma's are pretty good. I have a DM-4 I got back around 1986. Still sounds good. :D

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I have a DM-18 that I bought new in 1980 and I still wouldn't give it up.

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(@ksac32)
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Thanks i am really happy with it :D

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(@reno_mondavi2000)
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The Sigma is a licensed martin copy I believe they contracted takemine to build them they was to be to Martin as Epiephone is to Gibson I have a DM 5 and I think it is a copy of a martin d16..


   
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