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I think it depends on what you play. I know a lot of people with 00-18's (mainly 00-18v but a few other variations) and one of the guys at a local jam has a Keb Mo. The 00-18 seems better for folk and country stuff then the Keb Mo which has a brighter sound to it and is a blues machine. That is not to say the 00-18 isn't a good blues player, it is warmer sounding to me then the Keb Mo.

The 00-18 is more versatile I think but if you are a blues man, the Keb Mo is a great one. Ragtime stuff sounds great on the Keb Mo. For me personally, I'd like the Keb Mo over the 00-18 but only because I have the CEO-7 which covers a lot of the 00-18 ground in a Martin.

-Jim

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I only have one guitar, and it is a 14 fret 00 Gibson. So, of those two, I would probably choose the Martin if it was to be my only guitar because I love the versatility of the size/shape. They can literally do everything.

 

Having said that, if I could add a 12 fretter? It would be an L-1, hands down. Some day.....

 

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I prefer the Martin. I've played both and as someone who doesn't much play the blues, the Martin fits my strumming/droning style better than the Keb' Mo' which seems to be designed for the short, staccato bursts of the rural blues. Had I bigger hands and an interest in playing in the style of Robert Johnson, the Gibson would be the better choice.

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