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Comment by Guy Carlsen on January 20, 2012 at 10:57am

@ Jud - it's a lot cheaper if you buy used. Got lucky and found a used one at Guitar Center in Raleigh and jumped on it.  Had play one in my local NYC area Guitar Center on a Bose PA L1, just amazing sound.  Ended my look at Taylor 816 and 916 ( I got a little inheritance so.... wouldn't my mother-in-law want me to have another great guitar...).  And with 30-day return guarantee.... viva la internet.

Comment by Jud Hair on January 20, 2012 at 6:48am

@ Guy ... Martin rep Craig Thatcher, playing his OMCPA-1 demonstrated all the different Fishman Aura mic emulations for us.  Of course, it's not cheap, but it's truely amazing what that system can do!

Comment by Guy Carlsen on January 20, 2012 at 6:41am

@ Jeff - I have a GPCPA1 with Fishman Aura system.  Briefly I love it.  It's the first guitar since I got my D35 in 1968 that competes, when plugged in, with the D35. I believe GPCPA1 is similar to JC-16RE.  People have commented on the great sound when I play at open mike events (where Martins and Taylors abound). It has the Fishman F1 Aura Imaging System which sound very similar to what little description I can find on 16RE Fishman. Mine emulates these mics:

Image Microphone Type
#1 DPA 4011 Sm. Diaphragm Condenser
#2 G Schoeps CMC64g Sm. Diaphragm Condenser
#3 Earthworks QTC 30 Omni Condenser
#4 AKG C414-B Omni Lg. Diaphragm Condenser
#5 Neumann KM 84 Sm. Diaphragm Condenser
#6 Soundelux E47 Lg. Diaphragm Condenser
#7 GT Velo 8 Ribbon
#8 Shure SM57 Dynamic Cardioid
#9 Neumann U87  G Lg. Diaphragm Condenser
Comment by Jeff Lustick on January 17, 2012 at 6:22pm

Anyone own or have any experience or knowlege of the Martin JC-16RE with the Fishman on board Aura system??

Comment by Bob Crain on January 15, 2012 at 11:35pm

I spent a very pleasant evening with Leo and some friends in Hawaii many years ago, he's is a great guitar player, a real nice guy but was most amazing was the way he worked his feet on the floor when playing, unique to say the least.

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 15, 2012 at 4:06pm

Actually, are you talking about his Martin or his Rickenbacker?  The Rickenbacher came that way when George Harrison got his, which then McGuinn saw in the movie Hard Days Night and bought his own. Recently Doyle Dikes had Taylor build one for him with a few of the lower strings and their octave reversed...but I don't know if the McGuinn Martin is strung like that...Edward  

Here is the description of the McGuinn Martin Signature 12 string and it doesn't mention the stringing being different...

C. F. Martin Honors Roger McGuinn
with Limited Edition 12-string D12-42RM


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honoree James Joseph "Roger" McGuinn, III is acknowledged to be one fo the most influential 12-string guitarists in the world. Founder of The Byrds, one of the most important folk/rock groups of the '60s, McGuinn and his 12-string electric Rickenbacker are legends in music history. The Byrds' lineup through the years always included McGuinn, and during the group's long history, other members of the group included such stellar performers as Gene Clark, David Crosby, Gram Parsons, Gene Parsons and of course, the legendary Clarence White.

When McGuinn is not "plugged in," he has long favored one of his many 12-string Martin guitars. In honor of McGuinn's dedication to Martin and his expertise on the 12-string guitar, Martin is proud to introduce the Limited Edition D12-42RM Roger McGuinn 12-string guitar.

The D12-42RM is a 14-fret Dreadnought. The soundboard is bookmatched from select Sitka spruce and lightly supported with Martin's 5/16" height x-bracing. Abalone pearl, selected for excellent color, is carefully inlaid around the perimeter of the rosette, the tongue of the fingerboard, and the circumference of the top.

The sides and back are bookmatched from solid East Indian rosewood and a Style 45 multi-colored mosaic inlay strip demarcates the two piece back.

The neck of the Roger McGuinn limited edition guitar is shaped from solid genuine mahogany and the fingerboard, inlaid with Style 45 abalone hexagons, is crafted from solid genuine ebony. The body, fingerboard and headstock are bound with vintage style grained ivoroid. Roger McGuinn's signature is tastefully inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

The soundboard is tinted with golden "vintage toner." The body and headplate are finished with nitro-cellulose lacquer and polished to a high gloss, while the neck, finished with satin lacquer, remains smooth to the player's touch.

In keeping with the wishes of Roger McGuinn, the deluxe 5-ply Geib style vintage case is custom covered in black denim, with a special royal blue velvet interior.

The interior label for each instrument will be individually numbered and personally signed by Roger McGuinn and Martin Chairman and CEO C. F. Martin, IV. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each D12-42RM will be donated to "The Flying Hospital," a charity which airlifts essential medical supplies and physicians to locations desparately lacking such services.

Martin dealers will take orders for the D12-42RM immediately, though due to demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not begin to appear in stores until the summer of 1999.

C. F. Martin & Co., the oldest surviving guitar maker in the world and the largest maker of acoustic guitars in the United States, dates back to the 1830s when Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., emigrated to the United States from Germany. The guitar shop he set up over 165 years ago has been continuously family owned and operated. Current Chairman and CEO Chris Martin, IV, is the sixth generation Martin to head this venerable company.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 15, 2012 at 3:01pm

Hey, Edward - Didn't McGuinn reverse the strings (putting the thicker on top as opposed to the other way around) on his 12-string? I think it was to make the guitar easier to fingerpick.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 15, 2012 at 2:57pm

Per "Martin Guitars: A Technical Reference," Martin made a few special order 12 strings in the '30s (two C series archtops in '32 and a 000-28 in '36) but didn't offer a regular production model until they offered a mahogany model in 1964 with a rosewood model to come a year later. These had slotted headstocks (a pain to change strings) so Martin converted to a solid headstock (D12-28) in 1970.

Comment by Alan Land on January 15, 2012 at 2:36pm

One of my heroes, and we're the same age, LOL. I bought his "6 & 12 String Guitar" album when we were both 17, and I have loved his music ever since. 

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 15, 2012 at 2:23pm

Actually Alan, Leo Kottke was the next paragraph!  I saw him here in Annapolis MD years ago and he was incredible!

The next paragraph:

Kottke Steps In

Although the acoustic 12-string guitar disappeared from the charts, it didn’t die. It retreated back to small clubs and coffee houses where players like Peter Lang, Robbie Basho, and Leo Kottke began to explore the sonic possibilities of 12-strings.

Kottke in particular is seen as the great 12-string innovator after Leadbelly. With a prodigious technique, he blended an unlikely mixture of blues, folk, classical, and jazz into a completely personal style. Throughout the ‘70s, Kottke kept the solo 12-string alive in an era that was more interested in disco dancing, stadium rocking, and punk sneering. He played a number of different 12-string guitars over the years, including instruments made by Gibson, Bozo, and Martin.

Leo Kottke

In the late ‘70s hand troubles forced Kottke to give up the 12-string and for ten years he didn’t play one in concert. He began experimenting with different hand positions and picking techniques, and in the late ‘80s, he started playing a Taylor 55 mahogany 12-string. bob Taylor looks back on this event with pride, “Leo called me one day to say that he had stayed up until 4:30 in the morning playing my guitar, and starting with the show that night he was playing the 12-string in concert again. It was my guitar that got the 12-string king to play 12-string again!”

Over the years, the luthier and the musician worked together to create a guitar that would meet Kottke’s demands, and in 1990 the Leo Kottke Signature Model was introduced. Bucking the trend for 12-string that could be tuned to E, the Kottke model was designed to be tuned down to C#, in effect making it a modern version of the old Stellas. It is also unique in being the first artist designed and endorsed 12-string guitar.


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