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Comment by Michael & Kody on January 27, 2011 at 5:32pm
Johnathan Gates, thanks so much for the lead, talking with Nazarrath, now.......Good Deal, ......feel more confident now, the Maury deal was scary, thanks
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 27, 2011 at 5:31pm
What's wrong with a second mortgage!!! Can you think of a better reason?  ;-) Edward
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 27, 2011 at 5:09pm
Be good if this Martin Catagory had sub category, so when u get an email response, it had the member name, rather than just the Martin Group/Catagory.....
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 27, 2011 at 5:05pm
Mark, outstanding! That may be as close as I get to one without taking out a 2 nd mortgage!
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 27, 2011 at 5:01pm
One thing that has me cranked uo over this is, ok, I missed the Brazilian wood models an Purchasing a vintage is beyond my piggy bank, but as you say, I think soon the Rosewood may become Vintage as well, hence leaving me in the dust. See, like all things that become rare/regulated and demand remains, the cost/price goes up; therefore, it only makes since that teetering on this economic/green/reg/govt environment, that to purchase one now could only mean it would appreciate in value rather quickly; I'd like to not only check off this " bucket list" item but get in on the investment aspects prior to being out-priced again, hence another unfufilled dream. (Not quite that Serious but you get the pic)
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 27, 2011 at 1:11pm
Hey Robin, Would love to hear more about your D 12 28, I have a 1980 D 12 28 that is getting a neck reset right now. I will then use it tuned down a whole step in shows for songs I need the lower pitch to sing. Edward
Comment by Robin June Nakkula on January 27, 2011 at 11:08am

Indian rosewood replaced Brazilian rosewood sometime in the 1970's for Martin models, (especially standards, but other models too).  Currently, Indian rosewood is starting to get scarce, too.  I have it on my 1997 Martins, a standard D12-28, and a smallbodied 00-1R: the D12-28 has it as solid wood, and the 00-1R has it as a rosewood-mahogany-rosewood laminate sandwich that actually enhances the tone.

If you haunt the used & vintage markets such as 1-day guitar shows, like my friends and I do, you can get reasonably good at telling Brazilian r. from Indian r. from mahogany by the color and grain of the wood.  (I have a problem when they start throwing ovangkol or sapele woods into the mix).

Comment by Michael & Kody on January 27, 2011 at 9:42am
Yes, during my info gathering on the D 35, it seems Martin continued using the 3 piece back but use a Rosewood, Not a Brazilian Rosewood. I understand the HD 35, has a solid back, yet it is Rosewood also, not Brazillian. Apparently this occurred between 65-69 ( check Martin Site) when Brazillian Wood became govnt reg. Yet, I see comments made about Martin & others belonging to some sort of organization that is approved/certified so that you bare able to travel overseas without being thrown in the "clinker". So, not sure what the authentic/Actual situation is. Seems like some players may think they have "Brazillian Rosewood" but may Not. Does it Really matter, don't know! I'm still envious an still looking for one.
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 27, 2011 at 9:28am
Thanks good people, I decided the deal was too suspicious, although the vendor discounted the D 35 $500. Reading the web page thoroughly, I discover his street address/retail outlet close to the Martin Factory, was closed, yet that's where you were to send returns within 7 days! Said it was closed for Renovation? Many other rules in place, make paying an add'$500 at GC or SWEETWATER more prudent. I hate to "lambast" the dealer an if you were absolutely certain you would not have any issues in the future, you may be a "player", however I don't believe the risk is within my comfort level. Oh, what the hey, ever here of "" take a look @the web page (
Comment by chris mirabile on January 27, 2011 at 8:48am
i own a martin jc 16 re aura it is one year old purchased from sweetwater i love my martin i just noticed the begining of a crack in the top it is a 3 inch long straight crease 3 inches from the bottom and 3 inches from the side is this something that is fixed or do they replace the guitar changing the top is as much as the guitar is worth

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