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Started this discussion. Last reply by JB Maddox Jul 24, 2011.


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Ed Rhoades replied to Mark Kennedy's discussion Martin strings-is there a difference? in the group Martin Owners
"On some of my guitars, which strings I use makes a huge difference...on others...I can't see any change. I'm one of those players who doesn't prefer the bright metallic sound of new strings. I like them broken in a little. Recently,…"
Jun 8, 2012
Ed Rhoades replied to Jud Hair's discussion An "inside look" at Martin HPL in the group Martin Owners
"To me, the inside of a Martin X guitar smells like citrus. It is made up of 60 % wood fiber and 40% resins with a photograph finish. The two X models in our home have solid tops, however the X models also differ in the bracing system. The A frame X…"
Jun 4, 2012
Ed Rhoades replied to CaliGull's discussion Thinking of getting a 000-15M in the group Martin Owners
"I have a D-15M and I've been admiring a 000-15M on the wall of our music store. If your 000-15 was a few years ago, it's likely it was mahogany not sapele....which would be close to the new 000-15M.  The smaller body Gibson is pretty…"
Apr 23, 2012
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Come Back Baby -Hold Me Tight.wmv

Kim and Ed Rhoades at the Billtown Blues Challenge 3-25-12 The beginning of our set. The first song is a traditional song; the second is an original copyrigh...
Mar 26, 2012
Ed Rhoades replied to Skip Finken's discussion Softening under saddle trandsucer sound. in the group Home Recording
"I've had a similar problem. One of the guitars I record with has a Fishman Ellipse Blend pickup, and the internal microphone is better than the under saddle piezo, but it picks up everything...buttons, stomach rumbles and probably your kids. I…"
Mar 11, 2012
Ed Rhoades replied to Jud Hair's discussion Martin MMV models ... in the group Martin Owners
"Where did you get the specs?  Since it's a custom guitar made for Musicians Friends and GC, it's not listed on the Martin site. I'm surprised if it's full gloss at that price. The 28 series has hand sanded braces, and a…"
Mar 10, 2012
Ed Rhoades replied to Ed Rhoades's discussion Finger squeaks in the group Home Recording
"Sorry, I've been remiss in posting and following the thread. I really haven't done any serious recording since my original post. At this point, I'm developing new material to record and now I have a new recording set up.  I…"
Mar 1, 2012
Dave Keir replied to Ed Rhoades's discussion Finger squeaks in the group Home Recording
"Edward, How have your resolved this? It's been a while since you posted and suggestions were provided.  My thoughts were reading through were it's hard to know to what extent "finger squeaks" would be intrusive to the…"
Mar 1, 2012

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar-related website
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin DC 1E
Martin D 18
Martin DCX1E
Martin D16RGT
Martin SWDGT
Martin D15M
Sigma DR 41
Blueridge BR 160
Schulte Custom Les Paul
Epiphone Dot Studio
Hohner Strat copy
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What type of music do you like to play?
blues, pop, folk, rock
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Martin Repair

Three weeks ago, I took my one year old D16RGT to the Martin factory. It had settled to the point where the action was high and the saddle had been taken down as far as possible.

Lon, the friendly, knowledgeable head of repairs, put on a lower bridge. He had previously changed the nut, but this time he also changed the saddle. Now the only micarta is the fingerboard...which feels great. They also buffed out some minor scratches on the top...and the guitar sounds amazing. It was all… Continue

Posted on September 11, 2009 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment


My wife and I have been practicing for a blues competition this Sunday.
I recorded tonight's practice on a small hand held recorder. It features an original song, with a standard blues intro. My wife is playing acoustic bass, and I'm playing a Martin DCX1E. She's singing the lead while playing bass.
It's all one overdubs, but you can get a sense or what we're doing. Later, I hope to make a studio recording of the same song.

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 8:07pm

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At 10:33pm on February 5, 2011, Michael & Kody said…
Ok, I made a mistake recently. I needed new strings an had um put on @ our local shop.  When I got home, I looked in the bag and the wrapers displayed Elixer nano web Med.. Should be lites. Going to have to change um out, their to heavy, an may pull on Bridge.  I just wanted to try out the Elixer nano but Not Med..!  Yes, I want to try the Martin SP as well.......thanks, let's get back to the forum
At 4:47am on January 23, 2011, steven picheta said…
Hello, A volume petal? That may work well for me.
At 6:01am on January 17, 2011, steven picheta said…
Thanks for the comment on the pickup. I was thinking of getting a sound hole type. Volume control is something I didn't think of, but need and use with other guitar.
At 3:45am on January 15, 2011, steven picheta said…

Nice video of you playing the D15m. I am thinking of getting one also.

At 12:13am on January 5, 2011, Dave Sterenchock said…
Thanks for the add. I only have one Martin a D16T. I love it and can't believe how good it sounds on recordings.
At 10:38am on November 2, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
Hey Ed,
The Philly Great American Vintage show is November 20th and 21st...the wife and I will be there on the live close enough to come?

Valley Forge Convention Center
At 8:18pm on May 13, 2010, Brian Gore said…
thanks man!!!
At 10:36am on April 29, 2009, Coke Lindsey said…
Thank you Ed for your comments about home recording. I record my raw demos using Cake Walk with my computer, it's good enough to give to the artist recording my songs. It gives my publisher an idea of how I heard the song in my head, they then arrange and record it for me.
At 9:33pm on April 26, 2009, JERRY LEE SURBER said…
You nailed it Ed......that's exactly what my co-writer and producer Chip Martin and I were going for. Thanks so much for listening to my songs. I'll be listening to your as well. Happy to be here with you.

At 12:55pm on February 8, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Your message:
Looks like a wonderful guitar. I played a pre war D 45 once that belonged to David Bromberg when it was in a shop for repairs in Philadelphia. It's been decades, but I still remember the tone.

Are you going to Nazfest or Maxfest?

It was a special guitar, made to honor the original CF and put in the original Martin Family home along with tools and his original workbench, which was a site to behold itself! All of this "stuff" is now located in the Museum.

I am not familier with Maxfest, but I have heard of Nazfest. Never been to either. Please provide me with the dates and I'll see if I am not booked anywhere. Can't do family trips during the week, and weekends are often booked, so it makes it hard. I hate it when someone says "Hey, I am playing at so and so, come out and see me" and invaribly I will be booked the same night...then again, can't complain! I do have more control now than I have ever had because I (or one of the trio) do all of our booking now. I went the agent route for years and you have to turn your life over to them...and they don't like to hear that you are busy or going to be busy! But then you can't blame them, that's how they make their buck! I have also had too many friends screwed by agents too, skimming off the profits...but that's like saying that all car dealers are bad! Anyway, give me some dates and I'll see what I am able to do. Also, do you ever go to the Philly Vintage Guiutar show? It is twice a year just outside of Philly and I am due for a treat like that this year! Here is a link:
Don't know if I can get to the summer one, but really hope to do the one in November. Thanks, Edward

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