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Comment by Mike Nepper yesterday

Back in 1978 with 3 young kids and not much else, my wonderful wife and I managed to scrape together $600 to buy me a heavily gigged used '70 D-28. It had the "killer tone" and a badly worn neck, and I'm happy to say I still own it. She is a closet queen now and has a different neck, but is still amazing. I pull her out every now and then for show and tell.

I played many Gibson acoustics and many others, always wanted the Martin.

Comment by joey pinter on Monday

thank you all for your kind words. I never thought I would have a martin. if fact before I got this one I was thinking about upgrading my blueridge BR 140 to a BR 180. then my wife says, "why don't you quit dicking around and buy a D28?" I was amazed. the blueridge's are pretty good, I had 2 of them, the BR 140 is solid mahogany and the 180 is rosewood. I have never been a guitar snob, if it sounds good and plays well who cares where it comes from? a case in point, I have a les paul special, 1997. I have owned many gibsons but this thing was nuts, I had to replace everything except for the grover tuners. so much for gibsons.  

Comment by Edward Sparks on Monday

Beautiful guitar Joey, I have one too, a 1976 D-28.  I also have a 1980 D-28-12. The 6 string is my home and writing/recording guitar.  I have others I tke on stage and on the road! 

Comment by Dave Fengler on Sunday

The Martin Uke finally went for $414.

I love the look of the Gibson Hummingbird but I'd rather have a D-28.  I have a 1977 Yamaha FG-350W, which is a copy of the D-28, spruce over rosewood.  Loud and boomy!!

Comment by joey pinter on Sunday

thank you, it's a 2013. just what I was looking for, brand new their $2500 "vintage" is crazy, a year or two old is perfect. kind of like a car, only better.

Comment by FloridaGull on Sunday

Congrats!  She's a beauty!  Is she brand-new, or gently/not really used?

Comment by joey pinter on Sunday

finally, after playing guitar since age 15 I own a Martin D-28. absolutely the best acoustic I have ever owned. in the early '90's I had a low level endorsement (very low level) with Gibson. I was able to borrow anything, so I had a Hummingbird for about a year before they asked for it back. they did however, said I could buy it for, sit down for this...$600. yes that's two zeros. I declined. my D-28 kills that thing. 

Comment by FloridaGull on September 22, 2014 at 3:05pm

Well, whoever bid $954.48 on the Martin Ukulele last time must have reneged, because it is up for bid again on Goodwill:

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vintage-CF-Martin--Co-Ukulele-...

Currently $4 - 4 days left - $20 shipping...

Enjoy!

Comment by Jim Yates on September 16, 2014 at 11:02am

I also posted this on the Levin/Goya page.  Apparently about 200 D-18s were built in Sweden at the Levin factory shortly after Martin bought Levin.  They were labeled LD-18. 
Have any of you ever seen one of these guitars?  I wonder how the quality compared to the American D-18s. 
I own a 1958 Goya dreadnought (Levin called them Goliaths) and, though its appraised value is a fraction of my Gibson or Martin, I play it as often and it seems to be of a similar quality.

http://www.vintage-guitars.se/Levin/Levin_1978_Martin_LD-18_563941.htm

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 14, 2014 at 7:29pm

Mere pocket money for a man of your resources Jim! They seem to go for a bit less than that going by recent eBay sales. However a thing is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, so good luck to them. Suppose it's better than putting the cash in the bank given the current abysmal interest rates.

 

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