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Comment by MÁRIO RIBEIRO on February 22, 2011 at 9:05pm
Comment by MÁRIO RIBEIRO on February 22, 2011 at 8:53pm

Hi Ken,

Thanks for your comment!

Click on this link (there you find the details of Martin 0045-S).

Comment by Ken Bellingham on February 22, 2011 at 6:22pm
That is a gorgeous instrument Mario.  Am I correct that it has a 12-fret neck?  I'd like to see a close-up of the figure below the sound hole.  And what is the material of the bridge?
Comment by Edward Sparks on February 22, 2011 at 5:32pm
Great discussion going here guys!  And Mario, what a prize, may you play it in good health for a long time!  Edward
Comment by MÁRIO RIBEIRO on February 22, 2011 at 4:53pm

Dear Fellows,

This is a rare Martin guitar.

A gem !!!!!!

Comment by Ed Rhoades on February 22, 2011 at 4:46pm

The DC Aura is a lot like the new Performance Artist models...but I think the controls are much user friendly...I've been admiring one in our local store.

However, now that I put a K&K mini in my D15M, I'm getting a totally acoustic sound. It's a passive pickup that works well without a preAmp. Still, those Auras are fantastic for recording.


Comment by Dave DIPROSE on February 22, 2011 at 4:31pm
You know I've seen the same thing many times. Its amazing how much bagging Martin guitars get, people are alwways saying "but this guitar of mine...", until they get one! I reckon it gets down to the green-eyed monster. I've had all sorts of acoustics over the years but its always a Martin for me now. I have a friend thats a luthier here in Australia, suplies to many known artists and a staunch Martin critic. A little while ago I showed him my D18VS and he fiddled with it a while and just shook his head and said "I don't know how they make them so even, every note has the same volume and there are no dead spots. I wish I could make mine like that".
Comment by Uyless Wayne Golden on February 22, 2011 at 4:09pm

I'm a new Martin owner. I never cared for or was impressed by a Martin. I had a Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Epiphone. I was burglarized about Thanksgiving, had 3 guitars stolen. In replacing them a friend was helping me decide what to choose. He said  " I know how you feel about Martins, but you have to play this one". It was the DC AURA model. I was blown away with the guitar. It doesn't have the classic Martin feel. Its sound and electronics are fantastic. It was my choice from all the acoustic guitars in Guitar Center in Nashville. They definitely have a selection.

  I highly recommend the DC AURA.

Comment by charles e stinnett on February 20, 2011 at 6:45am
I bought the Martin LXM. I played all they had at the Guitar Center and the Martin sounded head and shoulders above the rest, so I took it home. It's fun to play, but takes a bit of getting used too. I appreciate the comments some of you made, to help me decide. Thank you.
Comment by Ed Rhoades on February 20, 2011 at 6:20am
Since Martins are the choice of many bluegrass players, they have the action a little higher than I like. It's easier to take the action down that make it higher.
When a Martin leaves the factory, the action is 2/32 of an inch from the top of the 12th fret to the high E string. It's 3/32 of an inch from the top of the 12 fret to the low E string.

The problem is the factory is temperature and humidity controlled, and the next place the Martin goes to is a transportation vehicle...then a store which may or may not have the same environment. Also, the wood is still settling, so adjustments are needed. I have always lowered the action and put on lighter strings for my Martins. I bought a new D15M in November, and it sounded great immediately, but as it settled, it needed adjustment, so I took it along with me to Edapaloosa, and Lon, the head of repairs, replaced the saddle. It only took a few minutes.

As for good guitar and a great one...I've only played three Collings.One felt and sounded very much like my Blueridge BR160 (which is really nice.) The second was disappointing, and the third was great... like a high end Martin.

At Edapaloosa, I played the new models fresh from NAMM, the more expensive guitars in the Pickin' Parlor, and the special guitars in the Custom room. Some of these were killer instruments

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