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Comment by Edward Sparks on February 10, 2011 at 7:18am

Here are a few more shots of the mini-Martin 12 string that appeared in the Martin Sounding Board Newsletter...yep, that's a real penny, no Photoshop here! :-) Edward


Comment by Edward Sparks on February 10, 2011 at 7:08am

Hey Greg! 

I am sure you can force yourself to play the little martin! ;-)

I have not used nanoweb strings...I guess I am just too old fashion and it would bother me...I also understand that they (coated strings) don't sound as bright?

I don't use fretboard sprays either...I guess i am just an old dog that can't get used to too many new tricks at one time!!!  Good to hear from you here! Ed

Comment by Greg on February 10, 2011 at 6:30am

Ed that was me. I always value your opinion so I will have my baby put in the shop and have the input jack fixed. I will have to use my little Matin for a couple days (not a bad trade off). Have you used the nanoweb strings by Elixer? I have to tell you they have a really strange feel to them, I have to keep checking my fingers because I think they have a grease on them. But they dont. The strings feel very soft and slick.

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 10, 2011 at 4:42am

The"frets" are short lengths of a high "E" string from a light gauge set. The strings are just silver colored sewing thread.  For my tuning keys, I use a short length of the sharp end of a regular straight pin and a piece of posterboard cut to the shape of the key, glued and pushed onto the pin and a little glue on the exposed layers of the posterboard to fill it in. Once painted with silver or gold car model paint they look like the real thing! I have more recently been using a small looped wire and filling the middle with glue and then once dry, painting it with the model paint. I use the head of the pin cut shorter for the tuning key end where you attach the string...see the pics below. I am always looking for new and better ways to make them look more real! Edward

Comment by TL on February 10, 2011 at 1:02am

Hi Guys!


Here is my new video, with a C-16GTE:


Have a great day,



Comment by Michael & Kody on February 9, 2011 at 11:21pm
Have to crank up desk to to load photos, iPad doesn't support flash. And no, I can't be looking at or trying anymore guitars for awhile, I've bought 2 in the past 6 months, coulda had a D45 by now. No more shopping for me, can't even afford a tuner for the new D35, yet.....Need to Practice, practice, learn, Lessons, I haven't even opened yet........
Comment by Michael & Kody on February 9, 2011 at 10:41pm
Hey guys, want some good, free, tab, no registration , just copy PDF:
Comment by Michael & Kody on February 9, 2011 at 7:58pm
My new D 35 is here! How do u get pics on here. IPad does Not have flash! Will I need to go to my Mac desktop?
Comment by J. D. Woods on February 9, 2011 at 6:55pm
Ed - absolutely incredible!! What in the heck are you using for fret wires, strings, and tuning keys on these tiny things?
Comment by Edward Sparks on February 9, 2011 at 6:42pm


Here's one I did for a local builder who plays with me in a trio...his Christmas present...Edward


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