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    Last week I posted a green sparkle Ibanez for one of my clients (we grew up together), which he's been enjoying. However, he also had a jones for a folk flattop, and a local store had their Martins on sale. I picked up the 00-18 on Friday, and it went on my bench Sunday. Changed the strings to his fave brand and gauge, and lowered the action at the bridge for a lighter touch. It took a half hour to complete. Barely had to adjust the truss rod, which surprised me. He picked it up tonight on the way home from work, and played it for an hour. It has a clear, sweet tone with excellent balance between the strings. No frequencies overpower the rest. He was thrilled to say the least. He's usually a Gibson guy, and this is his first Martin.

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    aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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    I guess I'm a Taylor guy, but you really can't beat a good Martin. Love it.
    Take it to the limit
    Everybody to the limit
    Come on Fhqwhgads

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    • #3
      It is Steve Howe's acoustic of choice, so you are in great company.
      Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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      • #4
        I'm also generally a Taylor guy, but many of the Martins sound superb to my ears also. Can't go "wrong" with either.
        Originally Posted by IanBallard
        Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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        • #5
          That’s a sweet one. I’m a Martin guy. Love my D-28.

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          • #6
            Martin makes some really lovely sounding guitars. Never really liked the 00 shape myself, but there are a ton of great players who rocked one with good results.
            Join me in the fight against muscular atrophy!

            Originally posted by Douglas Adams
            This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

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            • #7
              ive never owned a 00, i loved my 000 though. never should have sold it but alas... heat and shelter trump a sweet guitar

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              • #8
                Awesome! I bet it sounds and plays great.

                When my friend was in the market for an acoustic I told him to find a Martin on Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace. Go play it and if it hasn’t been setup negotiate on that point. I told him the seller probably wanted to buy a “nice” guitar and after playing a little bit just got frustrated by the high action. A new set of strings, truss Rod adjustment, bridge tweak and slight nut tweak and it’ll be playing like butter.
                Oh no.....


                Oh Yeah!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PFDarkside View Post
                  Awesome! I bet it sounds and plays great.

                  When my friend was in the market for an acoustic I told him to find a Martin on Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace. Go play it and if it hasn’t been setup negotiate on that point. I told him the seller probably wanted to buy a “nice” guitar and after playing a little bit just got frustrated by the high action. A new set of strings, truss Rod adjustment, bridge tweak and slight nut tweak and it’ll be playing like butter.
                  I dunno about that. At least around here, it's rare to see anything 'Martin' being sold used for anything close to a deal. I regularly people trying to sell 5-10 year old Martins for more than brand new ones. :P
                  Join me in the fight against muscular atrophy!

                  Originally posted by Douglas Adams
                  This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post

                    I dunno about that. At least around here, it's rare to see anything 'Martin' being sold used for anything close to a deal. I regularly people trying to sell 5-10 year old Martins for more than brand new ones. :P
                    Well this was 5 years ago before the odd situation with musical
                    instrument pricing. He got it for 45% of the new price.
                    Oh no.....


                    Oh Yeah!

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                    • #11
                      I like Ovation, but that's a nice body size.
                      I bet it sounds sweet.

                      Sent from my SM-A115A using Tapatalk

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                      • #12
                        I thought Wilford Brimley died a couple of years ago.

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                        • #13
                          Wilford Brimley didn't play guitar.
                          aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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