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Comment by Jud Hair on February 6, 2013 at 11:53am

If I'm not mistaken, early on, the Sigmas were actually assembled in Nazereth from Japanese produced parts.  At least I think that's what I read.  Now this could be completely wrong.  If so, someone correct me.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 6, 2013 at 11:12am
The music store I worked in, circa 1984 - 1986, sold these for $99 to around $225, depending on the model. We also had a 1964 Fender Strat that was found in a supplier's warehouse - I regret not buying that one. The Sigma's were OK, but they are what they are.
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Comment by michael schwartz on February 6, 2013 at 11:08am

I'll toss in my 2 cents...I do have a Shenandoah, which evolved from the Sigma series. Interesting notes in the Martin Guitar History book.Not playin' it too much these daze as I Love the necks on my other Martins much more..

Comment by FloridaGull on February 6, 2013 at 10:50am
I know the guys at Wolfe - unless they are smoking the "wacky tobaccy", they know what it is... ;-)
However, I've seen many Sigmas with a paper label - this one seems stamped on the center brace, like some Martins - maybe this is a better one?
And, does "2nd generation" in the description mean anything?
Just wondering - and, $850 seems a bit high to me, too - unless there is something I don't know...which is likely... ;-)
Comment by Craig MC on February 6, 2013 at 10:49am

Michael, do you remember what a guitar like this might have sold for? apparently they consider it Martin "enough" to be valuable.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 6, 2013 at 10:43am
I used to sell Sigmas years ago. They didn't sell very well - who would have thought they might go for 850 today? That is, IF this goes for that much. Maybe the seller thinks it's a Martin.
Comment by Jud Hair on February 5, 2013 at 10:20pm

Craig ... my brother has a Sigma circa 1980 or so.  It's a nice guitar, but regarding Martin, Sigma is/was sort of like what Epiphone is to Gibson IMHO.

Comment by Jim Samuel on February 5, 2013 at 6:22pm

I had a DR-28H that I bought new in 1989 and sold about three years ago. It was a nice guitar but not worth $850. 

Comment by Craig MC on February 5, 2013 at 6:02pm

what's the general consensus on the Sigmas? were they up to Martin standards?

Comment by FloridaGull on February 5, 2013 at 10:58am

A 1986 Martin/Sigma (for those of you who like Sigmas) - DR-28H - at Wolfe Guitars in Jupiter, FL:

http://www.gbase.com/gear/martin-sigma-2nd-generat-dr-28h-1986

They are asking $850...

Enjoy!

 

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