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Comment by Michael & Kody on February 4, 2011 at 11:35am
Although Ed, seems to me Martin is merely, Taking Back what Gibson borrowed from Matin to begin with!...... ( do any of you have one of those Martin Book Sets ( ref )
Comment by Michael & Kody on February 4, 2011 at 11:28am
I must interject one thing , here. It is the D35, according to historical Sales Records, that is most purchased, still.........

Ed, what'd you smoke this mornin', gosh what a lambast, but you know, I agree
Comment by Michael & Kody on February 4, 2011 at 11:19am
I contacted Martin in regards to the discontinuance of the 1 Series (I.e. DC1E), which is a joy to me, an Customer Service came back indicating, it was these Models which were Upgraded (more aesthetics) to the new Performing Artist Series. I really like my DC 1 even though it is elegantly bare/modest in aesthetics, yet has remarkable tone, plugged an unpluged. After playing the Performing Artistist guitar last week, seemed to me that it had lost some of the unplugged attributes, albeit good on the eyes. The cut-a-way along with the pre-amp already installed an ready to Rock, appealed to me. My quandary has always been the affect all the Laquer and so on affects the tone. Surely it has to play a part in Top Vibration, just as Scalluped Braces do. ( although, I don't believe the D35 has been affected by either of these options). Personally, I enjoy playing unplugged mostly, that's why I purchased a Martin, originally. The Naked tone is the Best. It can't be made better with Amp & Affects and very difficult to emulate ......
Comment by Chip Beckstrom on February 4, 2011 at 10:52am

Thanks Michael

Finding one to play is the hard part.

Hard to find one here in Denver

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 4, 2011 at 10:38am

Chip - Good choice; I really like the OM body style. I'ts very comfortable and easy to play. Check out the tone to see if you like it. Please also see the post below from Mark Baker. Wider string spacing, especially at the bridge, is very important for a fingerpicker. My Eric Clapton model has wider spacing but his OM-28V is 1/16" wider.

Thanks - m

Comment by Chip Beckstrom on February 4, 2011 at 10:32am

What does anyone think about the OM-21 model.

I'm looking at it for fingerstyle?


Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 4, 2011 at 10:30am

My 2 cents (probably overpriced). It bothers me when companies who produce what I consider benchmark products think they have to copy their competitors. They seem to forget that part of the reason their products do so well is because of their unique design and looks.

I must further admit that every time I've seen this done by a well respected company, the result has been a fantastic product - even though it no longer looks like their traditional product. I can name several examples, but I think you get the point.

I like both designs and even though Martin built their business on the dreadnaught, I have to admit this 1930s reissue of a Martin does look great to me!

At first I didn't like their performance series guitars, but after playing one and studying them, I really would love to own one but not in a dreadnaught. I like the OM style.

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 4, 2011 at 8:11am

Okay, here is the latest Edward Sparks rant!  But only because I am passionate bout my acoustics, no matter who they are made by! This time it happens to be about the "new" martin models...So here we go, have patience while I climb back up on my soapbox...

Okay, let me first say that I absolutely love Martin guitars...I own two, a 1976 D-28 and a 1980 D 28 12...that said I am shocked at the Martin's recent blatant plagiarism of styling…I believe they have stolen from Guild, Gibson and Taylor!  Look at the new “Performer Series” for example.  The mini jumbo model is a Taylor body, Gibson inlays and pickguard and a Guild bridge style!  Look at their new Jumbo 6 and 12…clearly a Gibson/Guild style with a Martin headstock!  And now this…the most blatant of all, the new Martin CEO-6 Special Edition!   A sunburst slope shoulder J45 copy! 


And in the description it says:

 “The new Martin CEO-6 Special Edition is the latest example of his (Chris Martin) ingenuity. Based on the early ‘Sloped Shoulder’ Dreadnought design originated by Martin in the 1930s…”

They do go on to identify the “Slope Shoulder” design they are referring to is the old 12 fret “S” models that had a more rounded shoulder than the later “D” models.  But come on, THIS slope shoulder sunburst model (see picture) is a Gibson rip off!  Of course Gibson did the same thing when they introduced their own “Square shoulder” models like the Hummingbird and Dove, but at least they used unique pickguards, colors, tuners, etc.  

I guess it’s just good business to try to make something for every buyer’s taste…and I guess after the whole Gibson/PRS suit, Gibson won’t be stepping into that again anytime soon!   AND I know they have to change with the times, or they think they do, but anybody with that kind of purchasing power, i.e, money to buy a CEO Choice or $4000 Performing artist model, knows what Martin does best and respects that!  Okay, back down off my soapbox (again!).  Edward



Comment by charles e stinnett on February 1, 2011 at 7:24am
For those of you Martin fans that are into Martin history, the 1833 shop had a new (to me)book in it. C.F. Martin and his Guitars 1796-1873  is the title and Philip F. Gura wrote it. I paged through it this morning and it flat out has some good info that you can't find anywhere else.
Comment by Mark Baker on January 31, 2011 at 3:04pm
Hi, Ken.  I'm no expert on the Martin product line, but I just bought an OM-28V that is a fantastic fingerstyle guitar, in my opinion.  The 000-28EC is also a great choice, as Michael mentioned.  I tried both before I chose my OM-28V, and there are a couple of relatively minor differences.  The 000-28EC uses a short scale and the OM-28V is long; the latter has slightly wider string spacing at the bridge (2 5/16 vs. 2 1/4); and the former has a gloss-finished neck while the latter is satin.  Other than that, they're very close to identical - same body size/shape, same tone woods, even the same tuners.  I found both to be pretty well balanced tonally.  The 000-28EC is much easier to find in stores, so I'd certainly suggest giving it a try, along with any similar models you can find.

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