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Comment by Domi Sanchez on April 9, 2013 at 7:12pm

Ed and about 40+ Martin fans took a tour, sponsored by the Appalachian Bluegrass (http://www.appalachianbluegrass.com/) to the CF Martin factory and museum last week.  It was worth every penny.  It was a special thrill seeing an artifact in the museum made by Ed Sparks.  Perhaps he can chime in on the details.

Comment by Paddy Dargan on April 9, 2013 at 5:43pm
I understand, Phil. I took the plunge with my other Martins and had strap buttons fitted, because I prefer them that way. Thank goodness they were fitted when I wasn't there! They were fitted by authorised Martin dealers, and the did a great job. Look like they were always there. Good luck!
Comment by Phil Manuel on April 9, 2013 at 4:57pm

Paddy, I can get one of those, but I really don't like how the guitar feels stapped that way.  Guess playing electric guitars for so long just gave me an expected comfort thing with straps near the body of the guitar.  So, I'm gonna get the dirty task done by the luthier where I bought the guitar.  I will wait patiently in another room for my baby. ;-)

Comment by Paddy Dargan on April 9, 2013 at 12:04pm
I have one of these strap buttons, I bought for my unmodified D18. There are loads of them on EBay here in the Uk, so I assume you could get them on the US site too.
Comment by FloridaGull on April 9, 2013 at 8:37am

Bob - I have a pic of one on my Giannini Craviola:

 

A friend bought one for me...

Comment by Bob Crain on April 9, 2013 at 8:08am

sorry it's late ..... should be "wonderful" and  couple of other blunders but you get the gist.

Comment by Bob Crain on April 9, 2013 at 8:07am

In regards to attaching straps to the head stock Martin make a wonder little leather Strap Button, which is a leather that wraps around the headstock under the strings and it then buttons to itself and the other end of the button is then attached to the hole on the strap. I have been using them from a few years now and I bought 5 of them when I was at the Martin Factory. The original one I bought lasted well over a year, they came in brown and black.....but I went to the website to get a photo of it and they didn't have them advertised. They are a Martin product Made in the US of A even. I am surprised that everyone that plays with a strap doesn't have one.... but I have never seen anyone else with one, in fact another muso came up to me after my gig tonight and mentioned what a fantastic idea that was. I'm sure they must still sell them .... but if not glad I got a few years supply. I will take a photo of one I have and put it up tomorrow. Why put more hole in a D-28 than you have too....and you're right Edward better go in another room when they do.... it hurts!

Comment by Phil Manuel on April 9, 2013 at 7:16am

@Dan, that's good news.  I'll just take it to Mass St. Music where I bought it new, they are an authorized dealer. 

@Edward - funny, I feel the same way about headstock straps, they just don't feel right, although, Hank sure did look good using them.  I will have to avert my eyes when my baby gets the mod though.  I don't know what's worse, a strap button, or end pin pickup jack.  Oh, I hate it all.

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 9, 2013 at 7:13am

Of course this was their first (and worse) attempt!!! Yuck!

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 9, 2013 at 7:11am

These were all in the early to mid 60's...now this one I could get into...nice headstock!

 

 

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