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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
Comment by Jonathan Gates on February 19, 2011 at 8:20pm
Pretty distressing to think Martin did not finish the guitar. A luthier said anynore Martin guitars need to be set up after ourchase. Collings apparently do not, the difference between a good guitar and a great one, apparently. Your situation goes beyond that.
Comment by charles e stinnett on February 18, 2011 at 7:28am
Thanks Walt. Appreciate it.
Comment by Walt Pilcher on February 18, 2011 at 7:25am
I too have a Little Martin, the LX1 with the spruce top.  I tried a lot of travel guitars and the Little Martin and Baby Taylor were the only ones that didn't sound like ukuleles.  (I like ukes, and I have one, but a guitar should sound like a guitar.)  The spruce top LX1 sounds way better than the other LX's.  I've enjoyed using it for travel and also the way Charles does, light, quick and handy for working on compositions at my computer in tight quarters.
Comment by charles e stinnett on February 18, 2011 at 7:24am
Greg' Appreciate your comments. You and Charles helped me make up my mind. Again, thanks.
Comment by charles e stinnett on February 18, 2011 at 7:08am
Thanks for the comments on the LXM Charles. Reckon I'll mosey down that way today and pick up one. I liked the Martin much better than any of the other brands. Again, Thanks.
Comment by Edward Sparks on February 17, 2011 at 3:29pm
KEN, so glad to hear you and your family are okay!  Edward
Comment by Charles on February 17, 2011 at 10:08am

Regarding the LXM....I have an LX with the spruce top.   I keep it handy all the time for quick practice on whatever I am working on.  It's got lots of miles on it and plays well for a short scale travel guitar.  Use medium gauge strings on it like Martin recommends.  I also have an LX tenor quitar.  They did not make the tenor with a wood top.  I prefer the sound of the wood top LX.  However, the 100% HPL construction of the regular LX certainly does make it bullet proof!

 

In my opinion the Martin LX is an excellent travel guitar.  Much better than the little back packer model.

 

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