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Comment by Alan Land on November 21, 2011 at 1:54pm

I have all those numbers recorded today. Sadly, I lost my "love" in 1985. It was a D-28S that I bought new in 1969 and played exclusively until that time. I stayed drunk for about three days.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 21, 2011 at 1:52pm

Saw this at Elderly today:

MARTIN OMCPA4 (2011)  
 EC+, Performing Artist Series, 000 size body, solid Sitka spruce top with hybrid scalloped bracing and soft cutaway, black binding, 2-ring multi-layered black/white rosette, tortoise pickguard, Sapele back and sides, 14-fret mahogany neck with Performing Artist profile, 1-3/4" nut, black Richlite fretboard (25.4" scale), offset white position dots, black Richlite bridge with Tusq saddle, chrome enclosed Martin tuners, Fishman F1 pickup system with chromatic tuner, with flat-lid OHSC (green lining) (SN:1473806)   
10U-5932.....$850.00     [Martin Guitars]

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 21, 2011 at 1:46pm

Gull - Good advice. To go along with that, I also photograph my stuff with particular attention to identifying features and marks (and a close up of the model and serial numbers). Keep these in two separate locations - one at home and, in case of fire or other disaster, one away from home.

It's good to hear about someone getting their guitar back. Edward Sparks got a couple of his back - it's extremely rare.

Ths - m

Comment by FloridaGull on November 21, 2011 at 11:56am

Always remember/record your serial number!

Comment by Jud Hair on November 21, 2011 at 11:47am

Another strong example of the reason for officially registering your Martin ... not only for warranty purposes, but for positively identifying you as the owner if your guitar is stolen.

Comment by Edward Sparks on November 21, 2011 at 11:29am

Interesting article...


Guitar stolen in 2005 turns up on eBay

Someone stole the six-stringed love of Eric Malmberg's life in 2005. But then it turned up on eBay.

You never forget a great love, and Eric Malmberg never forgot his. He spent about six years tracking down his Fender Telecaster after the guitar was stolen from a practice room.

Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

One of the last times he saw his guitar, Eric Malmberg was telling a friend this was the one. "This is the guitar I will play for the rest of my life,"' he said.

Two days later, it was gone.

It was June 5, 2005. Someone had slipped into a band rehearsal space at 2921 2nd St. N., a warehouse where bands and musicians hang out, and walked off with Malmberg's guitar, a top-of-the-line American Deluxe Telecaster made by the Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

The Fender guitar is a classic in American rock bands, and Malmberg's guitar is emblematic of the type, with a yellow body that fades to deep orange and then black, what's known as a "sunburst" pattern. Malmberg made one change: he replaced the original off-white pickguard, a plastic shield that rests beneath the guitar strings, with a black one.

"I bought it at Willie's American Guitars in St. Paul. I was looking for that particular type," Malmberg recalled. "I played it for a good couple of hours in the store before I decided to buy it."

He played the Fender as the lead guitar for the rock band Attention, which has toured internationally and released several albums, including last year's "Through the Wire."

Then it was stolen and Malmberg, now 33, settled into the routines of a determined man. He made fliers and put them up in music shops. He searched online. When he was on eBay looking for something to buy, he'd take a minute and enter "American Deluxe Telecaster," just to see what would come up.

And then, finally, something did.

On Nov. 5, he spotted his guitar on eBay. It had the sunburst pattern, the black pickguard and, most importantly, the serial number matched.

"It just makes me sound like Rainman, but I could remember the serial number," he said. "It's like 10 digits. I had searched for it so many times it had stuck in my brain."

The seller said he lived in Minneapolis.

Using Facebook, Malmberg asked if anyone knew a Minneapolis police officer. Soon he was talking to Minneapolis officer Jessie Garcia, who knew some of the staff at KQRS-FM, where Malmberg works a weekend DJ gig as "Dead Eric."

If Malmberg hadn't known the serial number, Garcia said, chances are he wouldn't have been able to retrieve his guitar, worth an estimated $2,000. It would have been his word against the guitar's eBay seller.

Using his personal eBay handle, Garcia contacted the seller and offered him nearly the full asking price for the guitar if the seller would meet him at a downtown bank last Wednesday.

He did, and surrendered the guitar, which was returned to Malmberg within an hour.

No charges will be filed against the seller, who said he bought it from a guitar shop in Blaine several years ago. That shop has since gone out of business. "He, in a sense, was a victim himself," Garcia said.

Malmberg says the guitar has two new nicks, but otherwise is the same classic instrument he remembered.

He said he's already played it for hours.

Matt McKinney • 612-217-1747

Comment by Edward Sparks on November 19, 2011 at 7:53pm

Hey Stephen, this idea was yours...I just added the visual!  I am a musician not an ad man, but I sure love making ads for guitars! 

Here's the one I did for Gibson using my own guitars! 

Comment by Stephen Crandell on November 19, 2011 at 5:10pm

Hey, I wonder if we could get Martin to sponsor an ad design competition for the slogan "Music history, Martin history, American history" with the winner getting a new D-45.  Maybe Dick Boak could judge it.

Comment by Stephen Crandell on November 19, 2011 at 5:04pm

Yeah Edward, that's the ticket.  Did you design this or did you find it somewhere?  

Comment by Bob Crain on November 19, 2011 at 2:26pm

I'll buy that.


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