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Martin J1 Jumbo

Do any of you own one of these? 1100 of the J1's were built. One of Martin's great but unheralded guitars, because it is so plain looking. What a sweet sound though! Strange that I can't find it on Martin's website, even in the 'inactive' list.

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A hidden Gem in the Martin range 1 Reply

HelloI have owned a Martin J1 since late 2003 - bought it from a guitar shop in Leeds (uk) for £730 GBP.  I had a Fishman Matrix II pickup fitted. (no controls to attach to the guitar just a small…Continue

Started by Peter Smith. Last reply by Rhythm Shack Jun 10, 2011.

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Comment by Richard Keller on July 2, 2014 at 10:04pm

Oh, and I also couldn't bring myself to cut a hole for a pickup.  I use a simple Dean Markey in-hole pickup but you need a good amp to draw out the sound.  I'm just glad that I finally found a site for J-1 fans.

Comment by Richard Keller on July 2, 2014 at 9:58pm

I have a 1997 J-1.  The J-1 has a fantastic sound.  Rich, a bit deep, sound and very easy to play.  I think that the reason it didn't sell very well is because it does look rather plain.  I believe that many Martin folks now realize that it was/is an incredible $1000 guitar.  If you can find one (good luck), pick it up.  I'm keeping mine.  Thanks.

Comment by JIM HARPER on July 12, 2012 at 5:09pm

Nothing more about this plain Jane Jumbo? Surely some of you use it for your gigs. I love its tonal range and projection, even without a pickup.

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Comment by Patrick R Meier on January 18, 2011 at 2:37pm

I have owned a J1 for about 8 years and it has the deepest, richest, warmest tone I have heard from any Martin even in the higher price ranges. I added a passive bridge pick up from Martin. The only thing that it lacks is the volume and clarity that you get fron an active pick up system but I just couldn't cut a hole in the side of it in fear of ruining the sound resonation. I can't seem to find much on this model even on Martin's website. I found it at a pawn shop for $700 and wasn't sure if I got a great deal or not but it is a Martin and has the classic Martin sound. Anybody know much more about it?


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