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Comment by FloridaGull on August 27, 2015 at 11:05am

No pictures?  Shame upon you... ;-)

IMHO, if it has a crack, it isn't "mint"...or even "excellent"...

Comment by michael schwartz on August 27, 2015 at 4:38am

Added another 12 string into the mix....yes, my Wife was very supportive in this !!

It's the : Martin 000012-28H AG Arlo Guthrie     A smaller body that's as fun to play as it is too look at.

  sadly, the man who sold it to me called it "MINT',,,the finish crack in the center didn't happen because of shipping, also, who would ship a 12 string with only 8 on it??!! I'm bringing it to an authorized Martin Service person to have it brought to it's finest condition.

 Steer clear of a man named Dannie Powers from Virginia...deceitful description is now going to cost me time and $$

Comment by Clyde Joseph Ortego on August 14, 2015 at 2:28pm

Hey Michael:


They are too cool,


I would not mind having something like those hanging in my man/ cave/ room, if I could find the room.

Very good looking for miniatures.


Clyde Ortego


Comment by michael schwartz on August 14, 2015 at 1:00pm

@Valley Girl...thanx and, personally, I think it makes a nice table cloth...ha

Comment by TheValleyGirl on August 14, 2015 at 10:37am
That is absolutely amazing! And I had that same wallpaper!
Comment by michael schwartz on August 14, 2015 at 8:05am

Ed's quite talented in many ways...have you listened to any of his music, and songs??!!  I'm actually honored to have his artwork in our Home. It's with me in the office now...eventually, it'll go in the music room.

Comment by Antonio Cotichini on August 14, 2015 at 7:33am

Just tell me that they don't play EXACTLY as their full sized prototypes... or I'd regret not to be 10 inches tall, to try them! 

Ed... if you're reading... my sincere heartfelt congratulations. That's artistry.

Michael, thanks for this report.

Comment by michael schwartz on August 13, 2015 at 3:34pm

I got this WONDERFUL handmade present from Ed Sparks today!! I can't begin to thank him enough! I'll have more later..

Miniature Martin guitars
In 1981, Edward Sparks of Glen Burnie,
Maryland, made and donated to the Martin
Museum a beautiful replica of a 1929 0-45,
just like Joan Baez’s famous concert sized
12-fret 0-45 model. Ed returned to Martin
recently to take the factory tour and see his
miniature on display in the new Martin
Museum. He shared photos of two other
models he recreated in miniature – an
1830s Martin Stauffer and of course the
holy grail – a Martin D-45. We’ve seen a lot
of Martin miniatures and there are several
in the museum collection, but Edward’s
work rivals the precise craftsmanship and
detail of the full-sized instruments he’s
Full story:…/downloa…/newsletter/Vol_23.pdf
Michael Schwartz's photo.


Comment by Antonio Cotichini on August 5, 2015 at 10:09am

Mhmm... too much silence here...

Let's talk about something that makes me curious...

Does anybody of you, girls and guys, have any experience about the "torrefied" treatment on some guitars' tops ? I know that Yamaha's LL16-12 comes now with this kind of upgrade. If somebody of you have ever played a 12 or a 6 string made in this way... please share opinions. Thanks.

Comment by Antonio Cotichini on August 1, 2015 at 5:55pm

I can admit that this is not a chat, so if I've exagerated I excuse me... but... there's always the freedom, for those who are not interested in other people's discussions, to quit reading... and try to offer something more intelligent. Anyway, beyond my jokes, we were talking about a 12 string guitar... aren't we here for that purpose?


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