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Comment by Jud Hair on February 1, 2012 at 6:08pm

Edward ... it has the Fishman F-1 pickup.  Simplified version of the new Aura system.  Not nearly as sophisticated as the Aura, but then I'm not a particularly sophisticated guitaist, LOL.

Comment by Greg Brandt / Maker of Guitars on February 1, 2012 at 3:42pm

Hey Robert,

I have a '72 000-28 too! Mine is NOT in mint condition (I traded it for one of my own builds and it came to me that way). We should compare serial numbers....maybe they're sisters, or brothers, or cousins......or next door neighbors LOL


Comment by Ginger on February 1, 2012 at 3:40pm

Just a little more regarding Chris' father who 'retired' from the guitar making business. I just checked in my Martin books & he was indeed an alcoholic who really had no interest in making guitars. It wasn't so much that he did it wrong, as much as he didn't do it at all. He had products brought in from Asia, he tried branching out to include banjos & mandolins etc, but he was lousy at salers, &  his heart was in none of it. He finally retired & allowed his son (at that time studying to be a marine biologist in California) to come back home & study under his grandfather. The rest is history.

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 1, 2012 at 2:54pm

Hey Robert, Although I don't own one, I love the 0,00, and 000 Martin models.  Looking forward to seeing the pictures of yours.  Edward  

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 1, 2012 at 2:53pm

Hey Jud, love the cutaway!  What type of PU system is in there?  Edward

Comment by Jud Hair on February 1, 2012 at 2:29pm


Well, I'm known mainly around AGM online as the "Seagull" guy, but I have a Martin as well and since I've been a member here for quite a while it just occured to me that I hadn't posted a pic of my Martin DCPA-4 ... so, here it is.


Comment by Robert Blanford on February 1, 2012 at 2:24pm

Hey Ed,   My martin is a 000-28 built in 1972.  I have kept it in mint condition.

Had the neck adjusted about 4 years ago.  I'll take some pictures and post. Robert Blanford

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 1, 2012 at 2:20pm

Robert Blanford...welcome to the group!  Please tell us more about your Martin and post some pics if you'd like...we just love this kinda stuff!  Edward 

Comment by Jud Hair on February 1, 2012 at 10:14am

Michael ... thanks. that's sort of what I suspected.  The brief official history pretty much glosses over the situation, understandably I suppose.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 1, 2012 at 10:07am

Jud -

If you get the books on Martin history (Martin Guitars: A History by Johnston, Boak, & Longworth [Book One; Book Two is an historical reference]; Martin Guitars by Washburn & Johnston; and the Martin Book by Walter Carter) you can read about each of the family leaders of the Martin company and about their guitars. If I recall correctly, Chris spent lots of time with his grandfather in the shops and the company business whereas his father (divorced from his mother) was more interested in booze, fast cars, and slow women.

I think his father did run the business for a while and the guitars made during his tenure were not of the best quality (different glues used in copius amounts in an effort to stave off warranty repair, etc.). I think he also started a line of drums...

I'm sure someone will correct me if I don't recall correctly, and I'm not about to identify the years of inferior quality 'cuz someone will act like they were gut shot, but the jist is that Chris cared about the company his grandfather led whereas his father did not.

Anyway, these books are a fascinating read - I'm sure you'd enjoy them.



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