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Steve Widmeyer replied to Steve Widmeyer's discussion New life for my J40 in the group Martin Owners
"How quickly did they go dead on Maggie's 0-18?  I usually change strings about every 3 months anyway, but these have not been on that long yet, and still seem to be lively."
Mar 29
Steve Widmeyer replied to Steve Widmeyer's discussion New life for my J40 in the group Martin Owners
"The tone is warmer and seems to be a bit better balanced across the strings."
Mar 29
Jim Yates replied to Steve Widmeyer's discussion New life for my J40 in the group Martin Owners
"Maggie tried silk & steels on her pre-war O-18, but she found that they went dead very quickly, so she has returned to Martin XLs (the ones in the green pack)  These are about as light as you can get in brass wound strings."
Mar 28
Joe Allen replied to Steve Widmeyer's discussion New life for my J40 in the group Martin Owners
"Getting those Elixers off and putting the Martins on it give it a better tone too?"
Mar 28
Steve Widmeyer replied to Rob Darby's discussion Finger-pickin' Nylon! in the group Fingerstyle players
"When I play out, I take a steel-string and a nylon-string; some songs sound better played on steel, some on nylon.  I have found that nylon-string guitars lend themselve nicely to blues songs, and of course many folk songs, in my opinion, sound…"
Mar 28
Steve Widmeyer added a discussion to the group Martin Owners
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New life for my J40

I've had a Martin J40 since 2005.  My preferred strings have been elixir polyweb lights.  As I've gotten older, however, playing barre chords near the nut have become hard.  I had a set of Martin Silk & Steel folk strings hanging around (.11 - .47), so I put them on expecting fret buzzing.  But no buzzing, and only a small decrease in volume.  It is once again my go-to guitar.  Moral: if you have aging hands, try these strings before you pay for a set up.See More
Mar 28
Rick Holmes joined Steve Widmeyer's group
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Old Folkies

For those who got their start in the '50s and '60s and continue to embrace folk music today.
Jan 27
michael schwartz replied to Steve Widmeyer's discussion Martin J40 in the group Martin Owners
"John...thanx for posting that linkonFB.I completely LOVE my J12-40!!!!"
Jan 12
John Zemler replied to Steve Widmeyer's discussion Martin J40 in the group Martin Owners
"Hi Steve, Eric Clapton is said to have played one (12 string) at The Concert for George.  I saw it mentioned at https://www.facebook.com/MartinJ40 As I surfed around and read more about the J40 it seems like a fantastic guitar with very…"
Jan 1
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Dec 31
Steve Widmeyer added a discussion to the group Martin Owners
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Martin J40

I've had and played a Martin J40 since 2005, and it's a lovely instrument.  I have never, however, seen a single one played by any guitarist or singer-songwriter or CW band member--no one!Has anyone ever seen a "pro" play a J40 on stage or in a music video?See More
Dec 31
Lon Milo DuQuette commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"Thanks Mike. My five music videos came in 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. I hope that enough to get me noticed by the judges! "
Nov 17, 2014
Lon Milo DuQuette commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"Thanks Michael! Keep your fingers crossed."
Nov 17, 2014
Mike Raeburn commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"Well Done!!"
Nov 17, 2014
michael schwartz commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"CONGRATS!!!"
Nov 17, 2014
Lon Milo DuQuette commented on Steve Widmeyer's group Old Folkies
"Okay! .... I won FIRST PLACE in the popular vote phase of Guitar Center's Songwriter's competition. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I stay a finalist. Thanks for listening to my tunes and supporting this old folky's dream. "
Nov 17, 2014

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Amateur or recreational musician
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, Nylon-string guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin J40
Martin SP00-16RST
Petros Nylon Crossover
Serrell small jumbo
What is your website address?
http://www.widmusic.net
What type of music do you like to play?
I play to accompany my singing; I play/sing any song that fits my voice and can be done as a solo effort: standards, blues, folk, country, jazz, flatpicked or fingerstyle.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I subscribe

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www.widmusic.net

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At 1:22am on March 4, 2011, Albert E. C. Hemmings said…

Steve,

Considering the repetoire, I'd love to be able to cover, I think I've got a "lifetime of learning" to do.

I remember a "tutor" once saying, " learning should be a lifetime situation". Sounds familiar to me.

Best wishes,

Albert.

At 6:59am on February 21, 2011, Albert E. C. Hemmings said…

Hello Steve.

Whilst perusing the site came acros the "Old Folkies" and your site.

I'm one of those many 60's teenagers - I beleve a group called The Beatles had "some impact" on the music scene then!!??. I, personally had a preference for a group called The Shadows (British Group). Take a listen to their renditions of Five Hundred Miles, A Little Bitty Tear, Let it be me, San Francisco etc. However, I had heard of and listened to various other artists also, namely The Sprigfields - Island of Dreams etc., The Seekers - The Carnival is Over etc., Donovan - Colours etc. Bob Dylan - The Times They are a Changing etc., Simon and Garfunkel - I am a rock etc. and so on.

Took up "learning the guitar" late sixties. Still "working at it".

Best wishes,

Albert (E. C. Hemmings).

At 5:36am on June 1, 2010, DBrock said…
I hope I can say I am still playing at 66 and the only problem is that I can not cleanly bar the F chord. Keep strumming and playing.
At 12:09pm on October 5, 2009, Charles said…
The last time I asked a dealer this question, I was told that the backpacker and the LX models (HPL and matte finished spruce tops) were made in Mexico. These all have labels saying so.

I also heard a rumor that all CFM's with "Stratabond" necks were made in Mexico. These are the laminated wood necks like those used on the LX models. However, during my last trip to the CFM factory I witnessed many stratabond necks in the production line. I beleive the new D-1 is made in Nazareth and does have a Stratabond neck.

I believe none of the CFM guitars using glossy finished wood tops are made in Mexico.

So.....if you have a stratabond neck and a matte finished spruce top or HPL top....it's probably Mexican. However, I believe they also all indicate "Made in Mexico" accordingly.

CFMartin IV indicated at the last Owner's Group meeting, that they have not perfected the fine wood finishing at the Mexican factory "yet". They are probably working on it.
 
 
 

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