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Comment by Mark Baker on January 24, 2011 at 11:37pm

Sorry to change the subject, but I bought my first Martin yesterday and thought you might like to hear about it (and see a couple of pics).  It's a 2001 OM-28V in truly mint condition, including the original case, that I picked up at Bizarre Guitar and Drum in Phoenix.  It sounds incredible, especially fingerpicked.  Here she is:












Comment by Michael & Kody on January 24, 2011 at 10:41pm
Interesting story, Dennis. I was a Loan Officer @ the Great Wesrern S&L on the corner of Sunset & la Cienaga, Holloywood (Near the Comedy Store.) Remember, the John Wayne commercials for GW? Interesting times, weren't they? Well, I'm happy for you an ur D 28. I was really stocked when I purchased my Martin. The salesman kept trying to steer me toasted a Taylor, and I remember telling him, " look, even if I can't play it, I'll hang it on the Wall an just look at it, if nothing else, I just want a Martin, I grew up in the 60's an that's what my friends played" so I got what I could manage at the time, but it is a Martin, an quite frankly, blindfolded & strumming it, I couldn't tell you if it was a D 35,41.45.28..... But I would know it wasn't a Gibson, Taylor, guild, etc. The Tone is unmistakable ! ( no offense to anyone, please, just my opinion ) I'm not foolin' myself though, I Want the D 35! ( I may need to play the performing artist series again, though.)
Comment by Forrest Anderson on January 24, 2011 at 10:35pm
I know that for me, no single thing has caused more damage to my guitars than microphone stands.  Playing out it tough on guitars for a number of reasons, one of which is other, less careful people inadvertently getting their paws on one's guitars, but I've bumped mic stands more times than I can remember. And I can blame that on no one but myself.
Comment by Dennis Wish on January 24, 2011 at 10:22pm
I forgot to add one note about the ding on Michael Warmack's Martin. I inadvertently placed a polishing rag that was not dry against my Martin when I put it in the case. The finish on the Spruce top at the neck where the fingerboard joined the body came up - fortunately like a thin layer of what I thought was a French polished. I repaired it by carefully using a soft cloth to reattach the finish to the spruce top (it was about 1/2" and a clean layer that came free or slightly bubbled). I kept rubbing the finish back down until smooth and it reattached without any notice.
I heard that with a ding you can use a drop of water on the ding with a hot iron to carefully allow the moisture to penetrate the finish above the ding and soak into the wood. The heat (and the iron must be very carefully applied - you might even use a needle to make sure the water penetrates the finish) of the iron will cause the wood to swell and raise the dent. Personally, I would let the water pass through the finish (assuming nitrocellulose finish) and then use a soft cloth between the iron and the wood.
Check with the tips found on the Stewart MacDonald website. The ding or scratch can be fixed and made almost invisible. Cut and paste the following link for further instructions.
Comment by Dennis Wish on January 24, 2011 at 10:07pm
In 1970 I was managing a music store in Skokie Illinois while enrolled at UICC Architectural program. I couldn't afford the Martin's we sold but I became knowledgeable about Martin Models especially since the D series started to appear with scalloped bracing while those in the early 60's and prior did not. However, only one Martin had a 3-piece Rosewood back and that was the D-35 that I remember. The 3-piece back was three triangular sections book-matched. I loved the OO and OOO series for the mellow sound, but preferred the D-35 to the D-18 and D-28 for sound. The D-41 and D-45 were way above my pay scale (as was all of the Martin's at the time), but working in a music store gave me the opportunity to try and listen.
I was also fortunate since the music store (Main Music) was located adjacent to Evanston Illinois. This was the time that Homer and Jethro were retiring as Homer was ill with cancer. Jethro Burns lived in Evanston and was considering his options at the time. His son, John, was in a popular acoustic Chicago Folk-Rock band called Wildflower and his daughter was just starting to gather her musical ability. Jethro decided to five us some time teaching mandolin but we had a setup in the center of the guitar stands for anyone to sit and play or simply to "kibbitz". Jethro often picked up a guitar wanted us to jam with him. To be honest, none of us could keep up and we simply were not on his level by about a thousand percent. Jethro's wife was a twin. Her sister was married to Chet Atkins which can give you an idea of how musically inclined the family was.
Sometime later after I left, Jethro joined Steve Goodman and toured with him once Homer passed away.
Don't exactly know why I through this memory in other than the store was purchased by a young man who was deaf - Carl Schwartz. Carl's cousin was a guitar maker and carpenter who remodeled the store after Carl took over. Carl had a lot of contacts and this was when the fun started. I dreamed about owning a Martin until 20 years later when it became my 10th wedding anniversary present. I mistakenly named the store that I purchased it from as Guitar Gallery, but it was actually Guitar Center on Sunset in Hollywood California where I settled until 1993 when I moved to the desert around Palm Springs. Sure beats the cold weather or Chicago - but I miss the music. Main closed down many years ago, but the Old Towne School of Folk Music still exists and this was near the Earl of Old Town where we went to listen to Steve Goodman and John Prine (before Jethro joined the group). After Steve Goodman died of Leukemia, I saw Jethro one more time - in Orange County California at the Irvine Center which is an outdoor auditorium. They were having a memorial for Steve Goodman - City of New Orleans, Lincoln Park Pirates and many other great lyrical pieces.
My OMC-28 reminds me of those "lean" days when I only dreamed of owning a Martin and all the great musicians I had contact with.
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 24, 2011 at 7:18pm
Hello, went to Guitar Center yesterday. I haven't been to a guitar store since the 60's! ( I purchased my Martin online). Anyway, I played the D28, the D35', Gibson hummingbird, Martin signature/songwriter, performing artist (whatever). Oh, yea I played a D41, too! It was Absolutely beyond words. In looking back on the experience, I remember thinking, my DC-1E (I purched several months ago) sounded much better than the Gibsons in all price ranges, and as good as the Pricier Martins! I was taken back by the Smooth and ornate finishes on the Ones I played and wondered why they couldn't have spent a little more time Sanding mine down (seems much rougher and has a lack- luster Finish) compared to the others. I began thinking, well, let me get through another few months and more practice lessons with mine (Lear How to Play), then I can use mine as a rough-about, and Run down an Buy the D 35. That model seemed like a Prudent choice, to me without have to make payments the rest of my life on the D 41. The 2 things that also deterred me from walking out with it, was, No Pre-Amp an No Cut-a-way on the D 35. Now this may not matter much, but I've gotten accustomed to the cutaway and it's style, and I would not be able to readily plug into my computer an use Garage Band after all the time I spent setting that up! To get the D 35 to accommodate my studio set up, I would need to put out Add'l $ on a Mic an possibly an Interface, etc. So, you can see where I'm going with this......the Add'l costs an set-up anoyounces present a burden. Also the Case which comes with the D 35 is Not the one I thought should/would. GC gives you the STD wooden/ leatherette case, Not the Upscale Molded Fiberglass which I expected. { (they do take Trade-ins, though and have a 30 day Lay-way (2 paydays)}

So, I left without a New Guitar. Though you can see, I'm still pondering over it, yet, then again I'm Not stressed about juggling $ around to get it here......Oh what to Do? I'm just Too Practical, Maybe Too Much so, the Tone was Soooo Ominous, I felt as though it were Edible an guess what, wouldn't kick it ot-bed-for snoring either...........Oh God, tie me down......
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 24, 2011 at 10:08am
Michael!  Don't sell that Martin!  Change to plastic hangers!  ;-)  Edward
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 24, 2011 at 8:48am
Does anyone else have the persistent visual image of him accidently bumping the Da Vinci on a table or something? Or maybe the cord holding it up giving way and the guitar falling to the floor?
Speaking of which, what are some of your mistakes? I finally bought a new D-28 some 36 or 37 years ago, after dreaming of owning one for 20 years at that time. To buy this guitar I had to eat beans and rice and live in a trailer for over a year. The only other guitar I had at that time was a Fender Duo-Sonic II that I bought new in the early 60s. I couldn't afford an amp. I played my new Martin every night and one morning, after falling asleep the night before while playing my two month old Martin (I did lean her against the wall at the head of my bed before I fell asleep), I awoke late and began a typical hurry-scurry to get ready for work. I grabbed a shirt out of the closet, removed it from the hanger, and tossed the hanger onto my bed. Oh $#%$!!!! I forgot I had laid my Martin on the bed. I put her there so I wouldn't accidentally kick her or trip over her while I was running around trying to get ready.
You know those movies where they slow everything down into slow motion? I swear, that's exactly what it was like. I watched, helplessly, as the hanger flew like a sinister frisbie frame, in slow motion, in an arc that took it directly to the lower bout. The sound seemed deafening as the hanger struck, without mercy, and left a 1/8" dent on the top, about 1" from the binding above the tailpiece.
I guess you can tell that my memory of that moring has not faded. Did this change her tone or playability? No. But of all the stupid things I've done that I wish I could take back, this one ranks among the top. All the dings I've put into other guitars, banjos, and mandolins since, and the temperature checking, etc., all pale in comparison.
I still have that D-28. I almost sold her a while back but can't bring myself to do it. The sound is incredible.
Comment by Robert Baker on January 23, 2011 at 3:50pm
Thanks charles on the info. I asked my friend about it again last nite, he still insists that its hd 28. but i know it had a3 piece back. o'well maybe its a fluke if it is. is it rare worth more. or maybe what looks like a 3 piece to me doesn't to him. i don't know, i thought it had sticker on the inside that read martin D35.           Rob
Comment by Robert Baker on January 23, 2011 at 3:39pm
I find that i enjoy fingerpicking more than flatpicking although i think its good to do both as well as you can.but i can get a better feel for the guitar when i'm fingerpicking.i've been fingerpicking my 00015 mahogany the last few days . the nut is 1 11/16ths and my collings is 1 13/16ths , makes it easier to fingerpick compared the martin. i've been playing the 00015 in open D tuning . the mahogany sounds soooooooooo good with this tuning.       Rob

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