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Any CEO7 owners? 6 Replies

Started by CaliGull. Last reply by Forrest Anderson May 14.

What's in a name? DX1 ? 66 Replies

Started by Ron Lane. Last reply by Dave Fengler May 5.

Martin MMV models ... 22 Replies

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Steve Reed Jan 22.

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Comment by Edward Sparks on February 19, 2012 at 11:33am

Hi Kent,

It's been a while, hope you are doing well!  I am not part of this Forum, but am interested!  Tell me how I can get there or please provide a link.  Thanks, Edward

Comment by Kent Babcock on February 19, 2012 at 8:46am

Are any members of this group also members of the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum on Yuku?   Site has been down at least two days and I'm kinda curious as to what happened.

Comment by FloridaGull on February 17, 2012 at 9:39pm
I have a friend looking for a Martin OM-1. Anyone have one they want to part with?
Comment by Edward Sparks on February 17, 2012 at 1:54pm

JB sounds like a great some pics...we just love this kinda stuff!  Thanks, Edward

Comment by JB Maddox on February 17, 2012 at 11:05am

The biggest complaint I hear on the MMV is that it is too bright.  Some of that can be dealt with by string selection.

By a sheer stroke of luck and lack of knowledge by the seller I was able to pick up a Custom shop 000 signed by Charles Martin IV for a price I am never going to reveal.

250 of these were made to to introduce the A/E series made at Martin and not retrofitted.  They were distributed to retailers to see if they would sell.  They sold like hotcakes.

The really nice thing about the Custom shop axes is the hand crafted aspect and perfect intonation--I hear absolutely no difference between the basic note and the harmonic.

Of course the frets are perfect, the neck is perfect, the action is superb, the woods are tonally superior.  The pickup is a nice Fishman and the latest versions had AURA but I am not crazy about AURA, I have had the blender since they put it out.

Sometimes you just get lucky.  My picking buddy says keep it cased up for increased value later on--no way, once you play it, you cannot put it away.  Been using it on my South Texas tour.  What a nice axe.

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 17, 2012 at 9:52am

Check this out!!!

While interviewing David Crosby for a future issue, we filmed him performing his solo verison of Joni Mitchell's "For Free" on his old Martin 12-string.  

In the early 1960s, Martin wasn't making 12-string guitars. So Crosby had this Martin D-18 converted into a 12-string guitar by Bay Area musical instrument guru Jon Lundberg. The bridge placement moved and the old holes were covered with this oversized pickguard. This is the guitar that his modern signature model Martin D-12 was based on, though the new models from Martin have no need for the jumbo pickguard.  

We filmed this song at David Crosby's Southern California home in August of 2011. Look for Crosby in the Fretboard Journal #25.

Comment by Gregory Thomas Baldwin on February 5, 2012 at 1:29pm

Greetings. I need a recommendation.  Which Fishman Aura Spectrum DI images work best with a Martin LX1E guitar?  There are no listed images in the Aura library for this guitar (spruce top/composite back/sides).  So, short of creating a custom images, I need to use one listed in the library.  A recommendation from the blog community would be great.  I also own a Martin HD 28 which sounds great played through the Fishman Aura Spectrum DI images.  Thanks.

Comment by Jud Hair on February 3, 2012 at 7:03pm

Dave ... here's the spec page from Martin's website showing the different dimensions for the three guitars (OM, GC, and D) ...

Comment by Dave Patterson on February 3, 2012 at 4:40pm

Thanks Jud, I guess I haven't seen the two actually side by side. They've always been in the same store, but not next to each other. Must be a small difference.

And Edward. can't help it. Me and dope just go together! I'd swear my picture is in the dictionary right next to the word.

Comment by Jud Hair on February 3, 2012 at 12:57pm

Edward ... in poking around the web, I've seen it described as a custom version of the D-15 ... also it has mortise/tenon and not dovetail, so there's one big cost concession right there.  And someone else pointed out that they didn't believe it had "X" bracing, but "A" bracing instead.  Still, though, it sounds like a great guitar for the money on paper.  Wonder if there are any MMV owners in this group who could chime in??


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