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Comment by Jud Hair on December 19, 2013 at 12:47pm

A 1941 Martin D-45 ... one of only 91 ever made.  Description, story, and video clip.  Enjoy!  1941 MARTIN D-45

Comment by Jud Hair on December 19, 2013 at 12:41pm

Edward ... yes ... I'm counting on the D-18 giving me years of trouble free enjoyment when I get it back.  It really is a very nice instrument and it's as nice a guitar as I feel like I'll ever need.

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 19, 2013 at 10:07am
Well one god thing Jud, you know while they have it they will go over it with a fine tooth comb to be sure there ate no other problems to be sure you are happy with it for a long tome! Have a great holiday!!!
Comment by Jud Hair on December 19, 2013 at 10:02am

I don't feel badly about my 2012 D-18 needing a neck re-set after a year (see earlier post) because Martin is making it right under warranty ... but ... if I had done as so many suggested, and bought a used 2012 D-18 to save some money, I'd be stuck with the cost of the neck re-set out of pocket.  I guess, the savings of buying used would have covered the neck re-set, but really, I agree with those who believe a new Martin should be immune to neck angle problems for years and years and years, so the fact that I'm having to part with my new Martin for 8-10 weeks to get the neck angle fixed is troubling none-the-less. :-(

Comment by Bill Wagner on December 12, 2013 at 9:53am

Some seasonal music:  What Child Is This?

Comment by ra harris on December 11, 2013 at 4:05pm
Should I feel bad about having purchased a 2012 00-18vs? Yes, I have a 2-17 from the '20s and a 00-17 from the '50s, are they better, or just different? I'm not an expert but I think my recent vintage Martin sounds fine. I've only got about 25 years of guitar playing left to me, so it'll have to do! ;-)
Comment by Edward Sparks on December 10, 2013 at 10:09pm
Mark, I don't think the special order guitars made with the best woods ignore technology which provides closer tolerances, I think they just don't need it!
Comment by Edward Sparks on December 10, 2013 at 10:07pm
Bob and Greg make some good points! I think what the small shops and one man operations have in lieu of hordes of valuable tone woods of days gone by is a desire to build the best guitar they can one at a time that they can hang their reputation on! They don't have aspirations of building 30 or 40 guitars a day to bring in volume profits to support their huge overhead. They get a clientele that have played the rest and want the best! I truly believe in the old air dried tone woods and the old way of hand building, feeling the wood in your hands while you are shaping it. I own about 35 instruments at this time, about 30 are guitars, most of those acoustic instruments and all but a few custom instruments built with a little if my help by a small shop owner friend of mine, are old and were bought used and fixed up (like bob suggested). The oldest I own is a '36 dobro. The newest production guitar I own is a 1980 guild 12 string. One of the few I own that I bought new, and the youngest I own is a Gibson J160e I special ordered from Montana in 2004. Although it has good old American mahogany for the neck, back and sides, I had to pay extra for the solid spruce top and to have it X braced. The original model the Beatles played had a laminated fan braced top! Since it was custom ordered it has more handwork in it than the standard models and I think it shows. I use it on stage as a backup to another Gibson acoustic and mostly for hard strummed songs , which it works well for. It's now 9 years old and is only now starting to open up...I am not saying a great new guitar can't be built, but not in a factory by machines being manipulated by computers and polished by robots! I think a great guitar needs to be built by a great set of hands!
Comment by Mark Barrett on December 10, 2013 at 6:19pm
I think a lot has to do with the improvements in engineering. Today the amount of wood used is calculated to closer tolerances to maintain production costs. Instruments years ago were built with not only with the preferred woods but a bit more of them. Like an old car frame, everything used to have two beefy frame rails and 100 lb bumpers. Today sound boards, bracings, joints, are all machine speced.

I would like to know what the true differences are on vintage and retro models. Better woods I am sure, but do they abandon what they have learned through technology?
Comment by Greg Brandt / Maker of Guitars on December 10, 2013 at 6:16pm

A client who has his own model made by Martin, was in the shop yesterday telling me that at the NAMM show Martin had a stack of very old Brazilian Rosewood but that it was destined for 40K to 50K type of guitars. The "factories" are trying make a business model work....often (usually?) at the sake of the quality of the guitar. They have long and sparkly coat tails that their current guitars can ride on. "Boutique builders" that advertise in AG (like myself) don't have the huge stashes of wood....but most of us have small collections of really nice old wood. I have a guitar in the shop made w/ 100+ year old Brazilian....and with the oddity of the back and sides cut from the same log - so the color matches perfectly. It's the last set of 6 of that wood. Most builders....factories or one man shops....are wood hoarders and vultures. There is still nice wood to be had but it's more often the exception to the rule. '72 000-28 has never needed a neck reset but I don't play it that much now.


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