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Martin 000-15M Review Wanted 4 Replies

Started by Dave G. Last reply by jdjango on Monday.

An "inside look" at Martin HPL 25 Replies

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Robert Williamson Mar 17.

Martin - Performing Artist Series 8 Replies

Started by Les Cline. Last reply by John Zemler Mar 11.

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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on April 12, 2012 at 2:20pm

Shouldn't make any difference.

Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on April 12, 2012 at 1:56pm

I am a new member finally to this group. I own several guitars but never had a Martin. I thought I better correct that before I die so, although money is sparse, I found a new Martin to buy. It's one of the new Mexican Martins but still lives up to the Martin sound. It's a DXK2AE Koa (HPL) Martin with the new Stratabond neck. I have a question about that if you have one or just know the answer. When using a clip-on tuner is it harder to get a response from a guitar with a Stratbond neck compared to a solid wood neck?

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on April 10, 2012 at 1:31pm

Jud -

I believe that's the book by Walter Carter. Good book.

You might already know about the following; if not, also look for:

> Martin Guitars - An Illustrated Celebration of America's Premier Guitarmaker (Jim Washburn & Richard Johnston; Foreword by Stephen Stills)

> Martin Guitars: A History (Richard Johnston & Dick Boak)

> Martin Guitars: A Technical Reference (Johnston & Boak)

These books, and ones about Gibson, kept me going in the final years before retirement when my responsibilities seemed to overwhelm me at times. I still cherish those days, sitting in the back yard, sipping a cup of tea, and reading each morning while I greeted the Sun coming up and usually 10 or 11 hours later when I finally got home from work in time to watch the Sun go down. And now these books serve as a great reference and refresher.


Comment by Jud Hair on April 10, 2012 at 1:04pm

Picked this up at a used book store in Atlanta Sunday ... The Martin Book: A Complete History of Martin Guitars it's a really comprehensive study of the history of the company with over 120 color photos of models going back to the 1830s.

Comment by Jonathan Gates on April 8, 2012 at 8:00pm

like you, i lusted for  martin, a d35 specifically because of its booming bass. bit the bullet 4 yrs ago and no looking back. i would like something i can play blues nad jazz on, this is bluegrass, but really love the volume, tone and when i flatpick it is wonderful. the d41 has a different tone. the d45 i know little about. see nazareth music store (center?) for prices and integrity. they are 5 mi from the factor.

Comment by Phil Manuel on April 4, 2012 at 6:18pm


I did try a D-18, both the D-18 and the D-18GE.  Neither one matched to tone or playability of the HD-28 I've tried.  The necks were just a bit too much from my hands, and while I could play one for a bit, I don't think it would lay comfortably in my smallish hands over a 2 or 4 hour stretch.  I found I could finger pick just fine on the HD-28, so I may not need the 1.75" neck.  Also, tried some Seagulls, but those 1.8" neck widths just don't feel comfortable to me.  It's an odd thing that my parlor guitar measures 1.75" and feels great on my Grand Artist, but maybe it's the shape of the neck itself that helps the most.

Comment by Mike Bishop on April 4, 2012 at 5:44pm

I have been playing guitar for over 40 years and have wanted a Martin for almost all of it, ever since a friend got D-28 way back in the early '70's (man, would I love to have that one now). Back in the summer of 2010 I broke down and told myself in a late life crisis - it was time. Played a bunch of Taylor's, Gibson's even a Zager but knew I wouldn't be satisfied with anything besides a Martin. Guitar Center showed me the MMV and I was hooked. Now, almost a year later I am looking again to upgrade or add, not sure which yet. There is nothing wrong with my MMV but I really want a wider nut and something that plays a little easier on the fingers and wrist. My one biggest question, does a higher price really translate into a better playing guitar or does it just get you prettier inlays? 

Comment by Jud Hair on April 3, 2012 at 6:11am

Phillip ... Have you considered the new D-18 with the "Performing Artist" neck?  It would be 1.75 inch nut with 2 3/16 string spacing at the bridge.  I keep hearing great things about the 2012 D-18.  They have also put the "PA" neck on a new version of the OM-21, I believe.

Comment by Phil Manuel on April 2, 2012 at 6:38pm

Ready to pull the string on a new Martin.  Question for folks more familiar with the various models...

I'm leaning towards the HD-28 which feels and sounds really great to me.  However, there are just a few tweaks I'd like, which show up on the D-21 Special, like the pyramid bridge and 1 3/4" nut width.  Haven't been able to play one of those D-21 Specials, but they sure look sweet to me.

I play a broad mix of music, including bluegrass, folk, and CSN&Y tunes with alternate tuning.  I flatpick, and fingerpick depending on the tune or my mood.  My smallish hands are comfortable around the 1 11/16th neck of the  D-28 and I can manage to use my thumb to make an F chord, which is not easy to do with the 1 3/4" necks I've tried.  I don't see that as a show-stopper though, as I can make that low F chord barred pretty easily, it just changes my approach a bit.

So, the question I have...

Does the D-28 work well with alternate non-standard tuning?  How does the D-21 Special perform when flatpicked?  Maybe silly questions, but any help or advice on the topic is appreciated.  I've tried other Martin like the CW model, but it sound rather thin and really required 'diggin' in to get the tone that the HD-28 gets without much effort.  The D-21 Special is still in the running, but I'd sure like to play one before deciding.  Although, I know I'd be happy with the HD-28 too.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on March 15, 2012 at 9:42am

Yup. And a lot of it has to do with whay you use the guitar for.


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