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Comment by Edward Sparks on December 10, 2011 at 2:40pm

I thought I remembered right clicking on the video window and that option not being there, so I just tried it and it just ain't there!  Maybe I don't have a player or something...weird!  But thanks!  Edward

Comment by GNuck on December 10, 2011 at 11:15am

Here you go Edward:

You can also right click on the video and do a copy URL.


Comment by Edward Sparks on December 10, 2011 at 10:28am

Hey Jud, something must be wrong on my end as I can't get the video to play?!?!?! It obviously worked for, it's gotta be me!  Could you post the link?  Thanks, Edward

Comment by Gary Clements on December 10, 2011 at 9:57am


Thanks for posting this informative video.

I am the proud owner of an HD-28V, which is quite similar to the HD-28, with a few exceptions, one of which is the top bracing is forward shifted.  I know nothing about building guitars, but this thing sounds spectacular!

The other differences are the fretboard inlays which are Diamonds & Squares, aging toner on the top, and Gotoh open-geared tuners, all of which yield a very distinctive looking guitar.

So it both looks and sounds great.

Comment by Jud Hair on December 10, 2011 at 8:49am

D-28 verus HD-28 ??  You folks probably already knew all this, but I didn't ...


Comment by Alan Williams on December 5, 2011 at 10:09am

If I remember correctly the sitaka spruce is suffering from climate change.  The permafrost is melting, it holds the roots of the tree in the ground.  Without the permafrost the trees just fall over.  Its called drunken tree syndrome.  Its really sad what we have done to our kids planet.

Comment by Jud Hair on December 2, 2011 at 7:28pm

@Robin ... I dunno.  the whole article appears to imply that they are doing it because ...  “Martin Guitar has long been committed to research and innovation to find alternatives to rare woods” ...

The sinker mahogany is from Belize, I think. 

Here in the USA, companies are making big bucks salvaging sunken old growth logs from rivers after a century or more, providing distinctive and rare materials for flooringand other construction that are no longer attainable through normal logging.

I really think the same philosophy is now making dredging up mahogany logs in Central and South America a profitable venture.

Comment by Robin June Nakkula on December 2, 2011 at 7:11pm

Did it actually say somewhere that Sitka is endangered, or is that just an assumption arising from the use of the word "recycled"?

I thought that part of the sinker mahogany usage wasn't just the scavenging of alternate sources, but also because of the age and intense compression that the sinker wood has undergone, has yielded a novel and interesting tonewood. I forget what species they were using that had sunk to the bottom of Lake Superior, but it wasn't mahogany (which doesn't grow in Michigan), and most likely isn't endangered -- Michigan's huge logging boom may have thinned things out, but I hadn't heard of anything that went fully extinct as a result.

Comment by Jud Hair on December 2, 2011 at 5:02pm

@ Edward ... Hmmm, interesting, yes  ... I didn't know Sitka spruce was an "endangered" species.  I have a DCPA-4 and as much as I want to be environmentally sensitive, I'm glad I got mine early.  I guess the recycled sitka would be fine, but I think they ought to offer it as an option rather than forcing the issue.  I suppose it is sort of like the sinker mahogany that companies like Huss & Dalton are using now on certain models.  But mahogany really is getting rare and that;s why they have gone to sapele as an alternative.  I'm just a little skeptical about Sitka spruce though.  And, I'm also glad I got my nice traditional Martin (TKL) hardshell case rather than whatever plastic alternative they are planning to replace it with.

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 2, 2011 at 4:04pm

Interesting article about Martin from Guitar Mag.

Martin Announces the Use of Recycled Sitka Spruce in Performing Artist Series Instruments

C.F. Martin & Co. announced today that it will utilize Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Recycled Sitka Spruce in an instrument it will unveil at the 2012 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Trade Show in Anaheim, California.
The wood, which is reclaimed from dismantled Canadian bridges where it had been used in construction, will be used on the tops of the new GPCPA4 Sapele, one of the cutaway guitars in the company’s Performing Artist series. It is a “Grand Performance” body style with FSC 100% Certified Sapele back and sides and an FSC Certified Recycled Sitka Spruce top.  The instrument has a gloss finish on its top and red toner on its satin back and sides. It also includes Fishman F1 Analog Electronics and a High Performance Neck.  It will be delivered in a 600 Series molded case, which was chosen because of its lack of impact on deforestation.
“Martin Guitar has long been committed to research and innovation to find alternatives to rare woods,” said Chris Martin, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.  “The use of this recycled traditional tonewood will complement the Sapele wood that this guitar utilizes, allowing us to achieve the same structural integrity and traditional Martin sound.”
C. F. Martin & Co. has been recognized for its environmental initiatives for over two decades.  The company’s ecological policies were formalized in 1990, embracing the judicious management and responsible use of natural materials and the introduction of alternative wood species. The company is committed to the directives of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) treaty and the U.S. Lacey Act.  Martin was Forest Stewardship Council recertified by the Rainforest Alliance in 2007.  It is audited annually regarding FSC Chain-of-Custody certification compliance under certificate code SW-COC-000043 and FSC License Code FSC C008304.  It has also initiated its own Sustainable Wood Guitar Series program.
In addition to exploring recycled materials, Martin has been at the forefront in tone testing and the development of alternatives for acoustic guitar construction, having introduced new models that utilize domestic woods such as ash, maple, walnut, cherry and red birch, among others. In addition, the company is researching and implementing alternatives for some models, including: patented High-Pressure Laminates for the popular X Series and Little Martin guitars; aluminum tops for the Alternative X models; Stratabond birch laminate for neck blanks; Micarta and Richlite®, unique fiber laminates, for fingerboards and bridges; and a shell laminate called Abalam that greatly increases the yield of precious abalone and mother of pearl for decorative inlays.
For more information on Martin and Responsible Guitar building, visit  or watch “A Word From Chris” video series on Responsible Guitar Building at

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