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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on June 15, 2013 at 2:42pm
All - I have been trying to post something on the richlite vs ebony discussion, but it won't take my text. Please forgive me for posting here. This is what I wrote:

Not sure why mine are not posting. I see where two blank posts are there but my words are gone. I'll try again, not that anyone cares, but I did want to thank you guys again for the information regarding richlite.
Well, I did it. I traded my 2011 GPCPA1 for a new GPCPA1. You might recall that the 2011 has an ebony peg face, fretboard, and bridge whereas the new models are richlite in all three of those areas. Further, the 2011 has the Aura system which has now been replaced by the Aura + system, the only difference being the plus has immediate access to the three most popular settings (you don't have to toggle through all nine to get to them), but still has the nine settings of the original if you want to go that route.
Now that I've played the richlite I can tell you that I feel no difference. When I run my fingers over the material my tactile pads can tell that it is smoother (though mine has a fine longitudinal grain running the length of the fretboard) but I don't feel that when I'm playing. My left forearm is sore today but I don't think it's because of the richlite vs ebony but rather because I played for 4-5 hours last night when I got the new guitar and I wasn't in the best of positions (kicked back on a lounge chair on the patio, nice 2010 Louis Jadot Beaujolais... you get the idea... roughing it).
It might just be me, but this guitar seems a taste brighter than the 2011. Again, I doubt that is because of the richlite. I suspect that this is merely a variation you find from one guitar to another. Maybe the strings (though I think they are the same ones I was using).
I found out why all of this took so long. To be honest, I had forgotten about trading until I got a call last night. Apparently, this new guitar was only on order and hadn't even been built yet. I called the Martin rep (a guy named Joe) and he told me they made the guitar for this order. However, I suspect what he means is this was one of a batch in current production... dunno-fer-sher. But this guitar was built May 27, 2013. I even got to open the Martin shipping box; this guy wanted the 2011 that badly. The wood on this one is spectacular... deep, dark red with heavy grain. And, of course, the wood binding gives the guitar a look of class. This one's top is whiter than the 2011, which had a slight yellowish tone (age already?) I don't know about ya'll but I use a forearm cover when I play - something carried over from my classical playing. Not only does this protect the guitar but also provides a lot of comfort where my arm goes over the lower bout. If I ever own a music store, I'll require customers to wear an apron and one of these forearm covers when they test play guitars...
Thanks, again; you're all the best. I love playing this guitar, so easy and so responsive. Sounds great plugged in. I believe I'll keep this one.
Comment by FloridaGull on June 11, 2013 at 10:54am

That Martin Mandolin is $353!

Comment by Edward Sparks on June 11, 2013 at 6:43am
Oops, that Was supposed to be "they were never known for classicals" not beer!
Comment by Edward Sparks on June 11, 2013 at 6:38am
Wow, you gotta love an old Martin classical!
I know they were beer known for classicals and my guess is that the early ones were probably a bit over built until they back into the nylon string mode they had abandoned AA soon as steel strings took off!
Comment by FloridaGull on June 11, 2013 at 6:05am

And, to bring this back to Martin, a 1951 OO-28G classical:


Comment by FloridaGull on June 11, 2013 at 6:01am

Not Epiphones, but Wolfe Guitars in Jupiter, FL, has a couple of old Gibson archtops:

A 1964 ES125:

A 1935 Super 400:

And, a 1937 L-50:


Comment by Bob Crain on June 11, 2013 at 12:18am

Nice guitar....but love the shoes with that outfit ahhh the 40's.

Comment by Steve Frank on June 10, 2013 at 8:34pm

That guitar was loud with beautiful tone according to my mother and the local performer who wound up buying it.....and although I think Jazz instead of cowboy music when I see a guitar like this. In this photo, it looks perfect!

Comment by Steve Frank on June 10, 2013 at 8:32pm

I like that Martin Madolin too! See the cut...very the Epiphone and would love to have one. My mother had one she had worked for 2 years cutting lawns and baby sitting, saving up to buy before she was married....I guess 15 or 16 in this photo...had to be between 1940 and 43, but not sure of the year. She and my father married in 1945..father was a bad gambler, and the guitar, which cost around $100 was sold for $25 to cover a debt. 

Comment by Edward Sparks on June 10, 2013 at 2:19pm

FG, pretty cool!  I don't have a Martin mandolin...


Not long after I cut my fretting hand on the table saw we had a house concert and it was our first of that kind of show and I didn't want to miss it!  I think I willed my hand to heal in time for it.  However, there was a red scar on it that night!  See pic...BTW, that is an original vintage 1948 Epiphone Zenith archtop I am playing...


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