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Comment by Steve Frank on June 7, 2013 at 4:16pm

Very nice!!! I like them all, and wondering about the different sound you get from the 3....I know the one is all mahogany, but what are the other 2 back and side woods? Interesting 12th fret design on left....I thought it was a signature model until I made the picture bigger.

Comment by Bob Crain on June 7, 2013 at 2:42am

Beautiful....especially like the one on the far right!

Comment by Edward Sparks on June 6, 2013 at 5:04am

Michael, these are beautiful...with three 12's like that it's no wonder the finger lab is a wall decoration...your fingers are busy on those 12's! 

Comment by FloridaGull on June 5, 2013 at 3:59pm

Done with Martin 12-strings - or all 12-strings? ;-)

Comment by michael schwartz on June 5, 2013 at 3:55pm

the Zen of Martin 12 Strings...I think I'm done now! Finger Labryinth for 2 people on the wall.

Comment by michael schwartz on June 5, 2013 at 3:53pm

Comment by Jud Hair on June 3, 2013 at 7:01pm

Decent (not spectacular) price on the D-18 ... "supposedly" you can get it brand new for around $1,700 from Maury's Music online.  I'm thinking that $1,900 is probably more like the prevailing price now.  I paid $2.100 for mine when the model was so new there were virtually none to be had in stock.

Comment by FloridaGull on June 3, 2013 at 4:29pm
Comment by Steve Frank on May 31, 2013 at 4:41pm

I laughed when I read the last line James....I know the feeling. Most of my life, I've had less expensive laminated guitars, and felt I wasn't bad. It wasn't until purchasing a higher end guitar, and realizing the difference when I strummed an E chord, with accent on the low E string to set the cannon off did I start questioning whether or not "I was worthy of such a nice guitar". I'm not the worst, and probably around the 30% mark for my style....bottom 30. I realized it doesn't matter.....good or bad, a really nice guitar doesn't have to be earned by being a great player. A well off friend bought his kid a $5,000 Martin to learn on. I didn't think that was right, and told him so. Had he bought a less expensive Martin, it would have been fine, but this was one of those artsy jobs in concert size, and wasn't meant as a student guitar. Playing lower end guitars first will give him an appreciation for what this guitar is was what I told him. The last time I stopped by the house, the guitar had a long crack in the top, and dings and dents all over the place, and the kid has stopped playing acoustic, moving to a 1964 Gibson Les Paul or something. It made me think of the poor kids who are excellent players who have no money and are doing cartwheels if they ever get a new $300 guitar. I'm not a good repair man, but am trying. I do sell the more expensive guitars from time to time on ebay, but also will buy a guitar for 30-75 dollars at a yard sale, adjust the action...replace parts that need replacing, and bring it to a woman I know who teaches to be given to students who can't afford a guitar. These are 200-300 guitars that have been abused, and with a little time and effort are fine instruments. My only request to her is to let the student know that when he or she is done, to please remember how they got it, and re-gift it, or if it needs work, bring it back to me and if it can be fixed, I will. I won't lie to myself. I don't have much money, and this is a relatively inexpensive way for me to feel good about myself. Whenever we give, we do it for ourselves as much as anyone else....hard to see sometimes until you think about it. Why I always laughed when I hear "give til it hurts" because the more we give, the better we feel!! I'm rambling off subject here, but congratulations on a really nice guitar, and the incentive it will give you to become better is worth the price!!!!

Comment by Tim Anderson on May 31, 2013 at 10:24am

By the way, I will be at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, August 9-11, 2013, to introduce my BuskerBags™ to the guitar world. (www.buskerbags.com). I hope to see fellow Martineers there.

 

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