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Michael & Kody's Discussions

Fret Leveling
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Alan, why is this procedure done? Important, thanks....

Tags: Playability, Maintenance, Repair, Set-Up, Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ship of fools Jun 6, 2011.

Logic pro 9

I see a lot of discussion regarding this equipment. What is it for? What makes it Desirable? I have a Mac with G/B. One acoustic/ elec with pre-amp (Martin) an a Martin with no amp, but a mic. I hate…Continue

Started Jun 3, 2011

Recent Acoustic Mag experience- Interesting Story
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Hi, kody an I been away practicing for awhile.......tried not to get into trouble goes:I ordered some DVD lessons via A/G using our member discount, so I thought. A/G listed Stefan…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael & Kody Apr 8, 2011.

Spring & Summer Acoustic Events

Any of you coming to Ashville, N.C. Around July 24 (the whole month) for some good old Folk/Bluegrass in the Square......

Started Feb 14, 2011


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Latest Activity

michael rommel commented on Michael & Kody's blog post Scales
"Hey Mike. Yep...i live by those scales. I learned all mine from Hal Leonards incredible scale finder. The only book that ever clicked with me. I can still remember playing only the blues scale in E minor till I knew that thing fowards and backwards…"
Jul 15, 2012
Ship of fools left a comment for Michael & Kody
"HI there no I am not a luthier, but have been playing for may years now and I do know the basics of a guitar. I do hope that my links to your question of fret leveling were not confussing to you. They were meant to help you understand some things…"
Feb 13, 2012
Michael & Kody commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Everyone, A Very Merry Christmas Wish! Happy Holidays & may your Tonal Attributes Ring Out with Exceptional Paza..a..a..a..xxxxxx...z! God Bless!"
Dec 23, 2011
Michael & Kody posted a status
"Subs to the A GU ...have been perusing it's lessons/Courses, not sure yet about keeping it . Will monitor it's content an decide soon"
Nov 18, 2011
Michael & Kody commented on Edward Sparks's group Protest Music Revisited
"I always think of Dylan, Donavan, Pete Seegar, Tom Petty, Crosby, Nash, Young, America, Journey, Hendricks , Joan Boaz , etc ......". I often wonder why there appears to be a lack of interest by songwriters and other artisans in regards to Our…"
Aug 22, 2011
Michael & Kody commented on Edward Sparks's group Protest Music Revisited
"Sent a message to all, probably should have posted it.......Good Topic, Ed....."
Aug 22, 2011
Michael & Kody joined Edward Sparks's group

Protest Music Revisited

Do you still love all that acoustic music from folk to folk-rock dedicated to political awareness, state of the union, future generations, Mother Earth, etc.? If so, this is the group for you!See More
Aug 22, 2011
Michael & Kody commented on Nephtali Santiago's video

You are so beautiful solo guitar (learning it!!)

"Sounds pretty good, so far, Good for U! A favorite of mine......"
Aug 22, 2011
Michael & Kody posted a status
"Hello, im back. Just got back fron NCar. Pracficing New River Train an some finger style tunes.........geftin better at fp."
Aug 9, 2011
Luis Motta da Silva replied to Michael & Kody's discussion New Martin D35 in the group Guitar Makers
"Hi, I can't help you much... however... is there a particular area of the fret board, where the buzzing occurs? Did you, or the luthier use the truss rod?? Anyway, I'm curious to know how did this story end up!"
Jul 22, 2011
Michael & Kody commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"My Companion & Best Friend, pic left; Passed yesterday after surgery god bless her I will miss her very much! She was the only one who enjoyed my practice sessions on my martin d 35. Her ashes will be with me in the Affterlife"
Jul 14, 2011
Mike McClain replied to Michael & Kody's discussion Scales in the group Martin Owners
"This whole conversation is very inspirational. Thank you."
Jun 20, 2011
Michael & Kody commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Some of you may remember, (Greg , Ed, Michael, etc), when they delivered my new D35 back in Feb, I had an issue with the Fret Wires protruding on each side of the Neck, the length of the Fretboard. I contacted Martin & I went to a service center…"
Jun 7, 2011
Michael & Kody commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Thanks Ed, interesting.......I havecan up-date to a previous story about my recent D35 purchase......wii start a new thread, thanks Ed"
Jun 7, 2011
Michael & Kody replied to Michael & Kody's discussion Country Blues.....New resource & Lessons in the group Country Blues
"Hi, Bruce ........I may have been led astray......I just went to his site an it's real commercial looking, like trying to sell something ! Not too earthy.......may not be my cup-a-tea..........seems like he's trying to move into the…"
Jun 7, 2011
Ship of fools replied to Michael & Kody's discussion Fret Leveling
"A shim under the saddle, maybe he wasn't really that good of a luthier as a new made saddle would have been the best way to go, when you shim a saddle there is always going to be a slight gap between the two and that reduces the vibration…"
Jun 6, 2011

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
Less than 1 year
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin DC-1E, 6 string cut-a-way wxFishman pre-amp, acoustic-electric. 2/9/2011 New Martin D 35
What type of music do you like to play?
folk, bluegrass, country. Flat pickin' & finger pickin' & other
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I subscribe

New Martin D35

Purchased a new Martin D35 today, it shipped 2/5/2011

Michael & Kody's Blog


Recently, I've been studying scale, pentatonic + blues notes. I have a few questions, hoping someone could help me with......? I'm trying not to get to complicated an stress out, an being a mere beginner, I'm hopping to keep this as simple as possible, so here goes.......

Are these five pentatonic forms w/ or w/o the blues notes movable? Ok, I read they were.

Are they always named from notes on the 6th string? I.e. G pentatonic, C pentatonic, D pentatonic, etc?

If so, then then… Continue

Posted on December 27, 2010 at 8:09pm — 4 Comments

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At 8:50pm on July 5, 2012, GNuck said…


I hope you're doing well. I know it's coming up on a year since you lost your best friend Kody. I think of you from time to time when I see Kody's picture in your avatar and hope you are rebounding from her passing.

Keep hanging in there, time eventually makes the hurt less.


At 9:56am on February 13, 2012, Ship of fools said…

HI there no I am not a luthier, but have been playing for may years now and I do know the basics of a guitar.

I do hope that my links to your question of fret leveling were not confussing to you. They were meant to help you understand some things about your guitars. If you have any questions that you do not understand please do not hesitate to ask me or any member of the forum. Always glad to help out if I can.louis

At 4:49pm on February 16, 2011, Jonathan Gates said…
Mike & Kody- Your guitar is dry. Check w/Edw Spaks, but I think it is dry. It is not something I would repair, but find a luthier. I never do any repairs. Good luck.
At 7:28am on February 13, 2011, Edward Sparks said…
Hey Kody, thanks for letting Michael join the Gibson group!  Michael, nice to have you here!  Edward
At 8:06pm on February 11, 2011, Michael D Krampitz said…
The Beverly Hillbillys really dude?I have a German last name have respect.
At 9:33pm on February 10, 2011, Ken Bellingham said…

Hello Michael,

Thank you for making the connection of friendship.  I truly appreciate it.  Congratulations on your acquisition of a new Martin D-35.  I know you are going to love it, but be patient, because you will discover a maturing of its tone over the next several years. I have owned mine now for over 30 years, and I wouldn't want to part with it.  I used to think, "If I woke up in the middle of the night, and this house was on fire, what would I try to save on the way out?"  My answer would always include my Martin D-35.  In the intervening years I have acquired several other quite nice quality guitars, but that has not diminished my regard for my D-35.  It is still a guitar I play regularly.  It's what I take to jams and music camps, and I use it in performance with other players, because it can hold its own with other louder instruments like fiddles, banjos and mandolins.  I think it has achieved a tone as warm and smooth as honey.  I have a friend who in the last couple of years who purchased an HD-28, which is itself an exemplary Martin model, but when he played my D-35, the depth of tone from the sixth string made him catch his breath.  So, you are equipped now for a lifetime of musical enjoyment.  I urge you to make the most of it.

Best regards, Ken

At 1:17pm on February 10, 2011, James P. Royle said…
I'm into dogs Michael, for 35 years and I know a lot about Border Collies because I know herding people, obedience, agility, rally and conformation people. I have a 19 month old German Shepherd and have been exposed to assistance and therapy dogs. You are lucky to have each other. To know more about this kind of guitar you need to go to the acoustic archtop group. Congrats on the 35! Wow! I've been looking at D Martins for almost 4o years and still don't have one, but I want one. Jim. P.S. Even though Guy's Grids are expensive, they are awesome and you'll quickly be able to answer your own questions about scales. Just my less then two cents worth.
At 8:10am on February 10, 2011, James P. Royle said…
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At 4:59am on February 10, 2011, James P. Royle said…
Correction, second icon from left.
At 4:58am on February 10, 2011, James P. Royle said…
Michael, You load pictures by using the toolbar in the add comment block, top, third icon from the left is images and just go to your pictures, browse, click the one you want, wait for it to load into AG, adjust for size, that took me a few tries to figure out and good luck. Have fun with your new guitar!

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