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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. ( I hope to see fellow Martineers there.

Comment by Greg Brandt / Maker of Guitars on May 31, 2013 at 10:16am


Comment by Tim Anderson on May 31, 2013 at 9:42am

Extremely nice video, Judd. Brings back a lot of sixties memories. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Dan Allison on May 31, 2013 at 9:07am

Jud, great stuff. Interesting to see Clapton laying back and taking a supporting role instead of being the front man.

Comment by Edward Sparks on May 31, 2013 at 8:43am
They truly were very underrated even at that time! They must have been doing something right to draw the interest if all those stars! I loved the album they did called "Horel Room" that was actaully recorded in a hotel room...
Comment by Jud Hair on May 31, 2013 at 8:37am

Edward ... extremely high quality video for 1969 ... Delaney & Bonnie were terrific weren't they? Also fun to see Clapton "unplugged" on a dreadnought Martin rather than his signature model.

Comment by Edward Sparks on May 31, 2013 at 8:30am

Wow Jud, that was incredible...Loved it!

Comment by Jud Hair on May 31, 2013 at 7:01am

Great video from 1969 featuring Eric Clapton keeping it pretty simple playing a Martin D-45 backing Delaney & Bonnie ...

Comment by FloridaGull on May 30, 2013 at 9:48am

Saw this - thought it was cool...



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