This is the amazing Sigma 000-1ST acoustic guitar. Sigma make incredibly impressive guitars at a very modest price. This new Sigma range is very closely based on the worlds best selling and oldest range of six string instruments and this is of course the Martin guitar company. The Sigma 000-1ST is a copy of the Martin 00018 style instrument and boasts an amazingly authentic tone, look and feel. The sigma guitar range was first conceived many years ago by Martin as an alternative to inferior budget instruments of the day. The 1970 and 1980 saw a wide selection of poor quality far eastern instruments flood the domestic American market, so Martin established Sigma as higher quality competition for this onslaught of new imitations. Of course as these instruments were designed and built by Martin to Martin specifications they really do manage to deliver the true flavour and playing experience of the more expensive Martin versions. We have been amazed with just how good these guitars are in all areas including the all out level of finishing used and the correctly captured true spirit of the original instruments tone.