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Comment by Stephen Crandell on November 18, 2011 at 5:09pm

Hi all,

I've been preoccupied for a while.  I've started building a PG (Portugese Guitar).  But I thought I'd look in and see what's happening here.  You've taken an interesting turn.  In response to MJ's question about what does all this have to do with Martin guitars, I would turn that sentence around a bit and say, what did Martin guitars have to do with all this.  Well, I wish Martin guitars could talk.  If some of those old vintage flat-top boxes could talk, they would voice a lot of different opinions, viewed from all sides,  regarding the questions you have raised.  That's one very important thing I like about Martin guitars.  They've been there and done that.  They have been and still are an iconic tool of freedom of speech.  If you haven't listened to CSNY's Find the Cost of Freedom lately, I suggest you take a listen.  What a song!  Valid then and valid now, no matter what your political point of view.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 18, 2011 at 5:06pm

I very much agree with your assessment of the sound of a Martin. Very distinct and I really like them. But I don't believe Martin has been known for their beautiful designs - unless, of course, you consider the simplistic beauty of a square headstock which I think looks really good. Everything else they have done seems to be purely for sound ( excepting ornamentation on higher end guitars).

Comment by Jud Hair on November 18, 2011 at 5:02pm

Michael ...

 

Martin guitars??  Why are you asking about Martin guitars in the politics and world events forum?!?

 

Okay, relax guys ... just kidding ... :-)

 

Anyhoo ... as to your question, there is no doubt for me. It was the unique sound that only a Martin produces.  Not necessarily a better sound.  Just uniquely recognizable and pleasing to me.

Comment by Edward Sparks on November 18, 2011 at 4:02pm

Over and Over!

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 18, 2011 at 4:02pm

History is really important and it's sad that more people don't realize it and have not learned it. However, we need to be careful of who is writing those history books, who is teaching those classes, and who is reporting the news. We need to ensure it's not someone with an agenda and that is rare. What passes for history today in most schools, certainly in higher education, is anything but accurate.

Aside from that, what does all this have to do with Martin guitars?

Hey, I'd like to ask something. What are the design features you like most about Marting guitars? The headstock shape? The body shaper? Neck dimensions? I posted on the Gibson group a piece about Gibson shapes, but I was wondering what folks like about Martin's designs.

Thanks - m

Comment by Bob Crain on November 18, 2011 at 3:27pm

Here here! If you don't know and understand history you are doomed to repeat it.

Comment by Alan Land on November 18, 2011 at 11:55am

50,000 on the battlefield, but over 150,000 who succumbed to illness that was combat-related. All so we could OWN the business in VietNam, rather than give it to China. What did we do instead? We gave OUR OWN INDUSTRIES to China. The irony would be hysterical, had it not cost SO MANY LIVES.

Comment by Bob Crain on November 17, 2011 at 4:54am

My daddy told me that protesters would never stop the War in Viet Nam....but sometimes the power of the people can eventually effect change. Hopefully change can be effected without another Kent State, but the Military Industrial Complex will not give up easily. Last time their profit margins cost 50,000+ guitar players, fans, musicians, artists etc.....but don't take it from me read President Eisenhower's Farewell Speech to Congress it was clear then, it's plain as day now. This is the last comment I will make on this subject (here anyway). I used to write letters to the editor, now I just write songs.

Comment by Dave G on November 16, 2011 at 7:06pm

Right...it's hard to know how far a gov't can push a disgruntled citizenry before chaos snowballs. 

Comment by Alan Land on November 16, 2011 at 6:59pm

"Madoff walked the line" - actually, Madoff's pyramid scheme was peanuts compared to the one run by the FED and the Investment banks. I don't think evolution is the problem, but more likely complacency. Now that REAL unemployment is at 1933 standards, John Q is much less "complacent." A few Kent State 4 episodes might get all the sheeple back in line, or might push them over the edge. Time will tell.

 

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