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Comment by Bob Crain on January 26, 2014 at 4:00pm

Went in to my Guitar Church to pick up my Guild that was having a fret dress and a service and saw an open blue Martin hard shell case typical of '70s dreadnought cases and asked what came out of it .... a collector in ill health brought in his '76 Centenary Model D35 (I think they may have called them 45's) this thing still had the original "Care & Cleaning Instructions" in the case and looked like it had never been played. I think they only made a limited number of those I remember them coming out with them back then. It's a shame to me that collectors buy these guitars and they never get played. Before I could ask him what he wanted for it he said have a look at this and showed me another guitar the guy brought in an old De' Angelico arch top that he was asking 19 Grand for, nice guitar very original but would you play it if you paid 19 large for it. Anyway the Guild is back in the corral and playing beautifully as is the Martin which I also had done....need to get the frets dressed more often as they looked like the Rockies with all the peaks and valleys in them. The other thing I am going to have put in the Martin is a brass plate under the bridge plate which will prevent the balls of the strings from wearing into the plate. He showed me what an old well played plate looked like and I would not want to see one of my strings pull out through the bridge how bad would that look on stage???

Comment by John Matthew Mastin on January 26, 2014 at 10:52am

Fellow Martin owners - I am new to the group.  I play fingerstyle on a 1986 D-35.  Attached is a sample if you want to give a listen.


Comment by Dave G on January 25, 2014 at 3:47pm

Thanks for picking up on that , Rick.

Comment by Richard A. Burns on January 25, 2014 at 2:39pm

Okay, I'll re-post using the + Add a Discussion feature. Thanks for the observation, Dave. As a newbie, I'm just figuring this stuff out.

- Rick

Comment by Dave G on January 25, 2014 at 2:26pm

Help me out here, folks.  We all probably read Richard A. Burns tale of woe and intrigue in the form of a message to all.  Does anyone know where that appears on this forum or page.  How would one respond to it if it only appears in the email notification? 

Comment by michael schwartz on January 25, 2014 at 6:43am

perhaps I should have used the term : "simple elegance" for where my tastes run

Comment by michael schwartz on January 25, 2014 at 5:02am

those "novelty" guitars were done as the growing movement to "go green" and avoid dwindling wood resources. They are HPL(high pressure laminates) that C. Martin sez sounds like their other Martins. Think so? I'm strongly into sustainability, but still a purest when it comes to musical instruments. I doubt that the tone of natural products can be replicated in composite materials. Of course, sound is subjective. Aside from that, I wouldn't have a cartoon guitar even if C.F. Martin's face is one of the cowboys...ha

Comment by Jud Hair on January 24, 2014 at 5:34pm

The Martin dealer in my area told me that Martin forced them to accept one of those as part of their inventory a few years ago.  They basically couldn't give it away. It hung on the wall forever, unsold.  My wife thought it was Abe Lincoln, LOL. 

Comment by FloridaGull on January 24, 2014 at 3:55pm

Why, thank you, sir! ;-)

I guess those would be good wall hangers/conversation starters...

Comment by Bob Crain on January 24, 2014 at 3:15pm

To me those guitars look like dime store novelty items and I don't think I would be up on stage playing one of them....on the other hand it was a great photo of Florida Gull!!!!


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