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Comment by Jay P. on February 17, 2011 at 9:03am
Great to hear from ya Ken!! If ya need any help with the beer's and such, I'd be glad to lend a hand:-)
Comment by Greg on February 17, 2011 at 7:48am


 I have the Koa model and love it. I live outside of Philadelphia and travel to the NJ shore points all year round and that little guitar always goes with me. At first I was concerned the salt air and humidity would hurt the guitar. So far (3rd season) She stay's in tune and I never have to worry about it. The only thing I have done to it is change the strings. It was a great gift from my wife and kids. I also like that with kids they have not been able to hurt that little guitar.

Hope that helped out



Comment by charles e stinnett on February 17, 2011 at 7:25am
I am planning on buying a Martin LXM  to use  when I don't want to take my expensive stuff out. Do any of you all have any experience with these little guitars? I played a few different makes at the Guitar center last week and the Martin sounded better than any of them and it was well put together. What are your thoughts, please?
Comment by Michael & Kody on February 16, 2011 at 8:12pm
Greg, brand new D35, got it 5 days ago. Unfortunately, it looks like the Martin luthier forgot to finish off the fretwire either befor or after putting the Boltron in place. When I unboxed the guitar, it actually looked like it was Factory Fresh. No evidence of fingerprints or anything, looked an smelled perfect. It was only when I began Barre ing some chords an sliding, I realized something, it Hurt....thought I cut myself. The dealer will refund, but I want Fixed or exchange! I just emailed Martin with circumstance.......thanks. P.S. I don't believe anything shrank, only seems, burrs not sanded/filed
Comment by Greg Brandt / Maker of Guitars on February 16, 2011 at 7:04pm


Is this a new guitar to you? Did you buy it at a dealer and it was like this? Is this something that happened over time. If it's a new probably dried out at some point (really unlikely that Martin forgot to file flush the fret ends...but, you never know). If it is new from a dealer / Martin.....they should take care of it. You have to be careful w/ a file or it will make a mess of the finish. I generally use wet / dry sandpaper and then buff it out.

If this is something that has developed over have it in too dry an environment. and the fingerboard shrank (it probably will NOT swell back out if you humidify the guitar). Are there any other cracks (where the fingerboard goes over the top is a "ripe" spot)?

Take it to a good shop or let Martin fix it .....if it's their mistake.

Comment by Michael & Kody on February 16, 2011 at 6:35pm
Jona, thanks for getting back to me. Yes, that need filling down, no way I would attempt this......some luthier at Martin forgot to file/sand the burrs ......on all frets both sides.......I'm just beside myself, how could that happen, oh, yea, I'm telling Martin ( don't believe , though it's serious enough to ship back! Seems like it only needs a couple strokes with a fingernail file)
Comment by Jeff Lustick on February 16, 2011 at 5:33pm

Hey Ken,how did it go there?? You are safe and sound I hope.



Comment by Ed Rhoades on February 16, 2011 at 3:36pm
Tama...excellent playing. Those 16 series guitars sound great.
Comment by Jonathan Gates on February 16, 2011 at 3:26pm
If your frets are sticking out beyond the fretboard, if you are catching your fingers on them as you move along the fretboard, your guitar is DRY. It is not a job for an amateur. Find a reputable luthier and have them filed.
Comment by Edward Sparks on February 16, 2011 at 5:36am
Hey Ken, you still out there!   Several of us are asking if you lived through the storm!  Hit those keys and let us sleep!  Seriously, we hope your efforts to hunker down for the storm weren't needed after all!  Edward

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