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    Any Martin Fans?

    I really like Martin guitars. For years I used Gibson and I still love those too - in fact, if I could only have one acoustic it would be a J-45.

    That being said, my main live guitar finally gave out which is a shame because it's kind of rare and I need to find a dude to repair it.

    So my friend plays Taylor and he tried to get me to go to them. I played all his and a bunch in a store but were not doing it for me.

    I finally decided to buy a D-41. I have an old Martin I play more then anything around the house (50s 00-21) and it sounds great with your fingers and I have another big one that is cool but belonged to Steve McQueen (the actor) so that one I don't play much and don't take it out to gigs and a couple of old old ones.

    The D-41 is a cool guitar. It looks great. It sounds ok. Honestly, it doesn't really sound all that impressive but it's clear and loud. I think it needs a lot of playing time as I have heard they open up over time. I have been told really, it's just a D-28 with bling, I think the shell holds the top down maybe? I don't know. The D-28 models I played at the store didn't sound better. I do think it sounds better then the Taylors.

    So I'm wondering if any of you other people own Martins?

    Here is the new D-41



    Here is my long time baby (and first guitar I ever got from a company!) that is all broke up and needs repairs. This one is #4 of 100. Someone told me the Everly Brothers (one of my fav groups) got 1 and 2 and Paul McCartney got 3! I need to get it fixed.

    My big complaint with Gibson is the cases are not meant to be used to travel. The case for the Martin seems a lot sturdier.



    My little 21 is in this pic. The other acoustic guitar on the stand there is a 90s Gibson Gospel which is an amazingly great sounding guitar that sounds a lot like my 60s J-45 - and they can be found for low money. I have a 90s Hummingbird from the same year and it sounds not as good - not even close. I keep using that Gospel on a lot of tracks - not fancy or expensive but great sounding.

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    Collings and Martins --- sold most of Acoustics off and gave some to my kids (daughter got the Ukes).

    As a matter of fact I have to go over the the Fret shop (owner Jim posts here) to pick-up the Martin Uke he just finished repairing for my daughter.

    The girl is crazy good on the Uke -- actually she is a great all around musician (guitar, piano, uke and Mando).

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    Cool, I only ever played a couple Collings but they were really nice. I don't know m(any) stores around where I live now except for GC so I will have to check out more Collings at some point. They make some great guitars.

    I am kind of the type that plays the brands I know - which is pretty dumb really - but mainly Gibson and Martin, although I do have an old Guild D-55 and a Guild 12. Just recently got some newer brands (PRS, Ed Roman, etc...) and they're really cool too so I have some searching to do I guess!

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    I am pretty lucky.
    I have a couple of wicked stores that are within striking distance of where I live to go to and OD on high quality wood and circuits

    For Old Wood -
    Lark Street Music
    Lark Street Music: Vintage Guitars, Teaneck NJ

    for Exotic wood - Golden age Instruments
    Vintage fretted musical instruments-handcrafed guitars-stringed musical instruments

    for the Stomp Boxes
    Prymaxe
    Welcome To Prymaxe Vintage
    PedalGeek
    pedalGEEK.com - Guitar Effects Pedals and Accessories

    Of course there is Rudy's and 30th street Music in NY as well.

    But 99% of the time I just go to either Lark Street or Golden Age.


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    Cool, I only ever played a couple Collings but they were really nice. I don't know m(any) stores around where I live now except for GC so I will have to check out more Collings at some point. They make some great guitars.

    I am kind of the type that plays the brands I know - which is pretty dumb really - but mainly Gibson and Martin, although I do have an old Guild D-55 and a Guild 12. Just recently got some newer brands (PRS, Ed Roman, etc...) and they're really cool too so I have some searching to do I guess!

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    Cool man! For years people would think I was Buzzy's other brother because we (me and Duke) look a lot alike but I'm a lot younger then him. I am in NYC about every 6 weeks but usually I am really busy when I'm there so I don't get to the stores as much as I would like and for the past year or so I have been buying more recording equipment then guitars.

    Hopefully I can check some out this summer when I'm down there. I lived in the city for a while - great stores there.

    I have bought stuff from Lark Street and they're great to deal with. Ditto Rudy's - but I have not been to his new store.

    Mostly I deal with Norm Harris out in LA or a place in Boston called Mr. Music or Ed Roman.

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    I have a D-28 (? I need to check). It's vintage, from the '50s or '60s. I'm not sure how to date it. It has a very thick tone to it but it's very hard to play. It probably needs some work but I play mostly electric and haven't spent alot of time with it and I don't want to take it to just anybody.

    btw, I love Taylors, at least the ones I've played.

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    Friend let me use a little Martin for a few years ... what an incredible axe that was.
    Love the smaller bodies Taylors ... also beyond good guitars...!!

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    My first decent acoustic was a mid 90s Gibson Gospel.

    God, I wish I had that one back.

    For now, I love my Martin 000-18GE

    Cork sniffing Luddite

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    I had an HD-28 (2005) that I bought new. Sounded great, but I didn't like the neck although I tried to. Sold it. Now I'm looking for an HD-35 - love that neck!

    I've owned Bourgeois, Santa Cruz, Guild, and Gibson acoustics - but none of 'em do it for me like the HD-35... although the Santa Cruz Vintage Artist was pretty damn sweet.

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    I love the HD-35. Of all the models they make right now that is my fav one. Had I not had the chance to get the D-41 for the deal I did I would have gotten the HD-35 for sure.

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