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Comment by GregsGuitars on January 4, 2011 at 4:10pm

Pre war Martin 00028 acoustic, slotted or "split diamond" finger board inlays,zipper back stripe,herringbone boundtop, Adirondack Red spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, scalloped 'X" braced,snake eye
bridge pins, As with most pre war acoustic guitars this excellent
example has had reasonable repair work done through the 73 years that
she has graced players with her tone. Her bridge gave way to a crack in
the mid 1960's and was replaced (pre 65) as well as the original
tortoise pickgurd ,several very small top cracks and one side bout
bruise was also professionally repaired at this time.,slight over spray
is also apparent.Tuners are appropriate Martin 70 era open gear
replacements.
All in all one fine pre war Martin guitar and with a few moments alone
with her you will understand the mystique that these guitars continue to
grace us with.Serial # 697XX. red lined hard case.More pictures are
just a phone call or email away, Thanks for looking . Greg.Partial
vintage trades considered,offers entertained.

[IMG]http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii247/gregguitars/Martin00028193...[/IMG]
Comment by Mark Baker on January 4, 2011 at 11:21am

The 110e is Taylor's entry-level model, but it's a good, solid guitar.  The top is solid Sitka spruce and the back and sides are sapele laminate; it comes with ES-T electronics (the low-end version of the Expression System that uses an under-saddle pickup but no body sensors); no cutaway; made in Mexico.  They're well-built and very playable (which Taylor is known for).  If the fact that it's made in Mexico doesn't bother you it's a good choice for a relatively inexpensive guitar.  If you want a US-made Taylor, you'll need to look at the 300 series and higher.

 

Mark

Comment by Tony Hoeppner on January 4, 2011 at 11:06am
I love all four of my Martins.....thinking about adding a Taylor to my colletion....does anyone know anything about 110e?
Comment by Mark Baker on January 3, 2011 at 8:37pm
Thanks for the tip, Forrest.  The OM-21 does have rosewood fretboard and bridge, but the OM-21 Special uses ebony for both.  I'll have to try out the standard OM-21 and see if I can hear a difference between the materials.
Comment by Forrest Anderson on January 3, 2011 at 8:12pm
Speaking of tone woods, one difference between the standard 21 and 28 series is the 21s use rosewood for the fretboard and bridge.  There are those who say this makes a difference.  Lorenzo Pimentel felt rosewood was the only wood to use for a bridge.  He felt ebony was too dense.  Richard Hoover at Santa Cruz guitars told me the density of the fretboard and bridge contribute to the sound and I think Lowdens use rosewood bridges (albeit ebony fretboards).  I hear a difference in the sound.  I would not say one is better than the other, but I do think there is a difference.
Comment by Mark Baker on January 3, 2011 at 7:32pm
Hi, Tim. The OM-41 Special is an inactive model now, according to the Martin web site - but the specs they list are very close to the OM-21 Special (except for the bling, of course), so that's good info. I have a couple of Martin dealers in my area with large selections in stock, so I'm hoping I can find both and try them out. That's often a source of frustration, though - being unable to find a particular model to try out. Last guitar season I was interested in a Martin J-40 but not a single dealer in the state had one in stock. I ended up buying a custom Taylor, which is a great guitar, but I'd still like to try a J-40.

Mark
Comment by Mark Baker on January 3, 2011 at 7:27pm
Thanks for the info on the 000-28EC, Michael - I'll check one out as soon as I can. It'll be another 2 or 3 months before I can make the purchase, but I'll certainly post here when I do. I found the books from the Mark A. Baker you refer to, as well as his acting credit (as "Colonial Man") from The Last of the Mohicans on IMdb. Interestingly enough, there is another Mark A. Baker listed there who is a movie production manager and was involved in When Harry Met Sally and The Fisher King.
Comment by Tim O'Brien on January 3, 2011 at 5:24pm

Hi Mark

I play an OM-41 special, I am on it a couple of hours a day, it's an amazing instrument with a wonderful rich tone. One of the better thing about it is, it just keeps on improving. I take it everywhere and even use it as my festival guitar.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 3, 2011 at 3:49pm

Well, I know you wouldn't pass bad checks. Mark A. Baker is an author of several books on 1700's living, especially woodsman and frontier activities. He is a regular columnist for at least one magazine I know of. He was also the technical advisor for two movies: "Last of the Mohicans" ( where he also appeared briefly) and "The Patriot" where it was his line, "Aim small; miss small" that made it into the movie. He was teaching Mel Gibson to shoot muzzleloaders and Mel couldn't hit a coffee can while practicing, and becoming familiar, with the muzzleloaders. That was his advice to Mel, who said, "I like that - I'm gonna put that in the movie!"

Be sure to let us know which guitar you choose and why. I've never played an OM-21 Special but sure would like to. The 000-28EC is louder and brighter than you would expect - at least than I had expected. But it is a very easy guitar to play with the small, thin, body and modified V neck. The string spacing at the bridge is perfect for me. Take care - m.

Comment by Mark Baker on January 3, 2011 at 3:36pm

I didn't either, but I'm doing what I usually do - researching it to death when I should be in a shop someplace playing them and making a decision on what really counts - the sound.  What can I say, I just can't help myself ;-)

 

As for your question, I'm sorry to disappoint but no one ever heard of me, although my wife thinks I'm ok, usually.  I have a common name - Wikipedia lists no fewer than 10 Mark Bakers of note - and I've been mistaken for various people because of it.  On the other end of the spectrum from your question, the King County sheriff once suspected me of being a Mark Baker who was passing bad checks in Renton, Washington back in 1978 :(

 

Mark

 

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