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My first and probably last Martin! - DCPA5K 13 Replies

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New life for my J40 4 Replies

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Comment by Ron Khoo on May 17, 2015 at 3:42pm

No truss rod on backpacker? That will teach 'em to stray away from the straight path.

Comment by Dave Fengler on May 17, 2015 at 2:27pm

I picked up an older style (2002 and before?) Backpacker for $75 on CraigsList today.  The actions is high (9/64" at 12th fret) but I'm going to design and build a fixture to put it in traction and have the neck bent back for a month or 2 to "reteach" it to be there.

Comment by Joan Jones on March 30, 2015 at 2:32pm

TYVM Michael    :)

Comment by michael schwartz on March 30, 2015 at 2:06pm

CONGRATS and welcome aboard Joan. Hoping you have many wonderful hours and years together!!

Comment by Joan Jones on March 30, 2015 at 1:44pm

NGD 3/28/15 Martin 000-28EC  Beautiful sound !  Am looking forward to many mellow years with this one !

Comment by Alan Land on March 24, 2015 at 12:14pm

Kurt, I am not accusing Elderly of anything at all disreputable, I just find their prices a bit high for my taste.

Comment by Acoustic Pickers on March 24, 2015 at 11:24am

Here are my tips for buying and selling used guitars. See especially #3.

Comment by Lowell Cooke on March 24, 2015 at 10:46am

Thanks for the comments.  I have bought a vintage Guild d50 (1973) on Ebay and have been very pleased.  I have heard there are some chinese knockoff Martins floating around, so I am a little leary.  My main concern if I buy used, is with the Martin HD-28's, I would like a newer one, say, 2012-14, but am not sure of the workmanship.  I would like to know if anyone has some review of these newer guitars.  I don't want to go too much older, I already have one of those and want to reduce my playing time on it.  Thanks

Comment by Kurt Chandler on March 23, 2015 at 3:41pm

I have bought several used guitars from Elderly Instruments and they are honest and up front with you. I have even had one of their people play 2 different instruments on the phone with me before I bought it. I have purchased one from ebay and several online, and there are uncertainties involved, but if you know the instrument and have played one locally it provides some assurance. It sounds like you know what you want and are patient enough for the right one to come along. Good luck. I like my Martin kit guitar a lot. I made a mandolin and harp from kits before the guitar just for practice. It wasn't that hard with just cheap hand tools and has unbelievably great tone. I didn't have a book or video to build it, just the instructions, which are pretty good. It was a great experience and I plan to pass it and the harp on to my grand kids someday.

Comment by Alan Land on March 23, 2015 at 3:09pm

I bought my four most expensive collectors instruments from Ebay sellers, but only after extensive research, of course. If there is any doubt about service issues (as there was with my D35-S), the amount needed to address the issue immediately reduces any offer I am willing to make. Any business concerns? I walk. There are literally 1000s of guitars for sale. I don't need to deal with anyone shady or questionable guitars. "Nerve" is just a description for gambling based upon lack of preparation. Education and research reduce risk to manageable levels.


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