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After market pickups on vintage guitars
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Now that I have the 1970 D35S I was coveting, I find the previous owner had installed a transducer pickup inside the sound box. It sounds very nice EXCEPT it seems to not pick up the 1st or 6th…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Werner Jan 18, 2011.


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Alan Land commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"I own three Martins, so I am not being derogatory, but sometimes production models don't address all the concerns of the player/buyer. That's where "custom" luthiers fill a need with their products. Kirk Sand is a luthier known…"
Alan Land replied to Rob Darby's discussion Finger-pickin' Nylon! in the group Fingerstyle players
"I have three nylon string guitars that I use often. Two by San Diego luthier Len Laviolette (one is a 27" scale baritone), and a third by Kirk Sand, the inventor of the Chet Atkins electric nylon. The Sand guitar is equipped with a individual…"
Dec 10
Alan Land replied to Mike Bishop's discussion Time for a Change in the group Martin Owners
"I am pretty much done playing 1 11/16 nuts as well. I learned on a D28S with a 1 7/8 nut from 1969 that was unfortunately stolen. After a number of years on a standard D-28, I finally located a vintage D-35S that, with some setup work, has become my…"
Oct 31
Alan Land replied to Rob Darby's discussion Finger-pickin' Nylon! in the group Fingerstyle players
"Nails that are properly trimmed almost never break for me, as they more often did with steel strings. My right hand nails are filed right at the edge of the finger tip, tapered in on the right. My teacher hands me his file when I allow the nails to…"
Jun 30
Alan Land replied to Rob Darby's discussion Finger-pickin' Nylon! in the group Fingerstyle players
"I recently found a Kirk Sand electric nylon string guitar on Ebay for a great price, and GRABBED it. This model was the prototype for the Gibson Chet Atkins, but it is a true custom made guitar. With RMC pickups on each string, it is not only very…"
Jun 29
Alan Land replied to Larry Mikita's discussion Wide neck Martins in the group Martin Owners
"I LOVE my D35S the most of all my acoustic guitars. The 1 7/8 nut is perfect for my fat fingers. My first Martin was a Brazilian rosewood D28S, sadly stolen in 1986, but I finally replaced it a couple years ago. I'm having frets, bridge, and…"
Jan 31
Alan Land commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"My 1976 D-28 does NOT need a neck reset, either. That might be a year of lesser reputation, but it's one of my better guitars."
Dec 10, 2013
Alan Land commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"My 1970 D-35S went into the shop for a new bridge, frets, and nut yesterday. Also 8-10 weeks, but not warranted, so we're talking $750."
Dec 10, 2013
Alan Land replied to Alan Land's discussion My "twins" in the group Guitar Collectors
"I had a 1228 about that vintage, but sold it 10 years ago. I currently have a 1967 D-18 about to undergo restoration. "
Nov 29, 2013
michael schwartz replied to Alan Land's discussion My "twins" in the group Guitar Collectors
"here's some "double twins" All J Series Martins...J12-15 J12-16RGT(custom), J12-40, J12-65"
Nov 29, 2013
Edward Sparks replied to Alan Land's discussion My "twins" in the group Guitar Collectors
"Here are my twins...'76 D-28 and '80 D-12-28 "
Nov 29, 2013
Alan Land added a discussion to the group Guitar Collectors

My "twins"

Here is a side-by-side photo of my "twins," a 1970 D-35S and a 1974 D-28.See More
Nov 29, 2013
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Do you collect guitars? Do you have a collection? Would you like to collect guitars? Do you want to look at pictures of other people's collections? Well then this is the group to do it in!
Nov 29, 2013
Alan Land commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Steve, that is not a d-28 in the photo. Beware!"
Oct 16, 2013
Alan Land replied to Dan Allison's discussion Martin Light-Medium Strings in the group Martin Owners
"I use both M-L and Mediums, depending on my mood, and gig frequency. If I am gigging a lot, the mediums hold their tone better, and my fingers retain their strength."
Sep 12, 2012
Alan Land replied to JazzyJ's discussion I would like to buy a Baritone Acoustic Guitar - what are my options? in the group Baritone Guitar
"I have a baritone CLASSICAL guitar tuned B to B and made by Len Laviolette in San Diego. It uses the standard nylon strings by moving each string down one position, and adding a .056 string as the low B. This works because the strings are still…"
Jul 21, 2012

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More than 30 years
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Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Archtop guitar, Travel guitar
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Martin, Heritage, Epiphone, Larrivee, Peavey, Baden
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At 8:33am on December 1, 2011, James P. Royle said…

Hi Alan, In light of your remarks about the Fed, I thought it would be ok for me to ask you if you have ever seen the documentary; The Secret of Oz? Award winning documentary that explains the whole process of how the ultra rich took over the Government and financial systems. But, because of your remarks, I'm guessing you probably know all about it. Take care, Jim

At 8:38am on October 20, 2011, James P. Royle said…
Hi Alan, I've been following the "wood, more musical," discussion and I'm not even sure how to state my own opinion, but I'm going to go to another interest of mine, audiophile/high end stereo and try and make an analogy/comparison. Bear with me please. Can one stereo set-up be more musical than the next and why?. The answer to that ends up being, remember we're comparing one high end rig to another, much the same as guitar woods. Consistantly, when people hear my set-up they usually say it's the most musical/revealing/resolving, whatever thay have the vocabulary for, system they have ever heard. It's in a custom room with reiforced floors/walls/ electrical system, high end cabling, bleah, bleah, bleah. $30,000 worth of shit! Pardon my french. It's good but they have little reference. You do, Greg does, it's possible that I do, been at it for 35 years and done extensive research to get to where I feel like I know at least a little. What's a better descriptor than more musical. I have several high end set-ups in our home, some more musical than others. My big buck guitars sound more musical to me than my Breedlove Atlas, $1000, travel guitar. If we are dropping more musical from our description, what do we call an instrument/wood/anything that sounds what? When you did your vocal training did your vocals become more what. When I swap out my high end solid state amp for my little high end tube amp the sound brings my wife to tears because of what? This is an interesting subject that is subjective, but how do we describe the differenes. Your a performer with huge experience. If your in a space with poor acoustics and somebody has the sense to change the space, wether through EQ., sound absorbing materials or whatever, your performance becomes what?  Every piece of wood has it's own character and with the proper lab set up could be charged with sound vibrations and the differences between one peice and another measured. I feel like I get what both Greg and you mean and I've been accused of alchemy with my stereos many times, so what or how do we describe the differences? Thanks and take care, Jim
At 9:08am on May 14, 2010, Charles said…
My mail box is not locked out. Again, you jump to conclusions and flame.
If anything you post is a joke....I will keep that in mind in the future.
Your're behavior here is noted.
At 1:35am on May 14, 2010, Charles said…
I might suggest that if you desire to pontificate on mis-placed assumptions and personal prejudices that you do so directly to the party you are dealing with. This forum to date appears to avoid the typical public "flaming" and "baiting" found on other websites. I hope it continues to do so.

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