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Comment by Dave Fengler on September 13, 2015 at 11:02am

After 3 months in various stages of traction, I finally put the Backpacker back together.  The clamping and back bowing of the neck had some success.  The neck relief is now good and the neck is flat.  But I wasn't able to convince the thicker parts of the neck to stay bent to lower the action further.  I had to sand the saddle so low there's only 1/32" sticking out of the bridge.  I deepened the existing string ramps so there would be something approaching a decent break angle.

I used a fine brass "toothbrush" to get the few patches of paint out of the grain of the wood.  Then I used Howard's Feed-N-Wax & 0000 steel wool to scrub the fretboard clean.  Then cleaned and rejuvenated the guitar body with Howard's Feed-N-Wax.  It's the first time I've used it.  The stuff is amazing!!  The guitar looks like new!  Other than a few small dings that are very hard to see.  It works great on thin stained finishes, won't do anything over a polyurethane or lacquer finish.

I almost forgot the most important thing.  Out of the 3 Backpacker type guitars I have, this sounds the best.  A little tubby (a little banjo-like) with a lack of bass like all real small body guitars, but not bad.

It helps to play it with a strap, to help stabilize the small body.  Using the supplied mid body strap button leaves the guitar a bit top heavy so I attached it to the headstock.  The guitar still wants to flip forward or backward depending on how you rest your right forearm on it.  Once you figure that out it's not bad.

Not bad for costing $75 on CraigsList.  I wish I had taken some before pics, other than a few while it was clamped.

Comment by jeff skinner on August 27, 2015 at 8:57am


Comment by michael schwartz on August 27, 2015 at 4:37am

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 Jim Yates on August 25, 2015 at 4:07pm

Or slide.

Comment by Ron Khoo on August 25, 2015 at 2:57pm

I never owned a cutaway acoustic so I cannot tell about tone.  I just don't like the looks of cutaway and rarely try to play low down the fret board and have little use for cutaways.  But they are useful if one wants to play lead or melody.

Comment by Tony K. on August 25, 2015 at 2:40pm

I like the non-cutaways best as well.  They not only have a classic look, but they look more tanned or aged as well.  Not a huge fan of cutaways for sound either.  Some can't tell the diff, but I definitely hear a difference in overall tone and warmth from the non-cutaways vs the cutaways.

Comment by Jim Yates on August 21, 2015 at 3:37pm

Yes, or the first.  I'm not fond of the look of cut-away acoustics, but then I seldom venture above the 14th fret on acoustic. 

It seems especially weird to see a player with a cut-away acoustic who plays only in first position.

Comment by FloridaGull on August 21, 2015 at 3:03pm

I like the 3rd one... ;-)

Comment by FloridaGull on August 21, 2015 at 3:02pm
Comment by michael schwartz on August 13, 2015 at 3:19pm

I got this WONDERFUL handmade present from Ed Sparks today!! I can't begin to thank him enough!

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

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