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Viera
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Jun 13th, 2017 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang you Ragtop! :)

Cut and pasted from CG's Martin thread:

"I've been very fortunate to have owned some nice acoustics in recent years. The best for me was a 2005 D-18GE. The shop I bought it from, Buffalo Bros (God I miss that place), had 6 of them in stock. I got my pick of the litter. 3 of the 6 I could have bought. The one I went with was truly special.

I stupidly sold it about 3 years ago. I was having some shoulder issues and convinced myself to go with a 000 or OM sized acoustic. Of all the guitars I've bought and sold that D-18GE is the only one that still haunts me."


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Jun 13th, 2017 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Otherwise, I'd be looking under the sofa cushions for loose change."

That would have to be a mighty big sofa.

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jun 14th, 2017 05:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ha!


Viera, do you recall what you paid for that guitar in '05?

twangdoodles

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Jun 14th, 2017 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played one a few months back. Very nice guitar but not $1100 nicer than the D-18 I ended up buying. Or maybe it was just my justification for the Dobro that I also took home that day...

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Jun 14th, 2017 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And to think that I ignored mahogany for 40 years in favor of rosewood....

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Jun 14th, 2017 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine is a 2010 and it's a fantastic guitar - of the dozen or so Martins I currently own it's definitely in the top two as far as dreads go. It really is a stunning sounding guitar.

Viera
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Jun 14th, 2017 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ragtop - $2700 new IIRC. It was a sunburst and I almost didn't try it. My heart was set on a natural top acoustic.

As to mahogany vs rosewood: Generally speaking I prefer mahogany (back and sides) but sometimes wood forgets what species it is. My AJ has rosewood b/s but to my ears sounds more like mahogany. It is very balanced where rosewood can be somewhat midscooped. It is light on the overtones, which is good for me.

Rich overtones are great at first, but after about 10 minutes my ears/brain get overloaded. Mahogany b/s acoustics (& my AJ) generally sound better the longer I play them.



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Jun 14th, 2017 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dietze Music?

Next time you're in there, say hi to Tim, Steve, and ________ (who wears the flame shirts...?).

Ragtop
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Jun 14th, 2017 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ned.

They all came over from Russo's. Good guys.

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Jun 16th, 2017 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ned! That's right. *All* (came over from Russo's) except Dan, who was there for years and just retired in early January.

I bought my first true lefty from Vince Russo out of his house shop in Papillion back in '78-'79...

Ragtop
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Jun 16th, 2017 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The last owner, Jim, has moved to Colorado. We're moving there ourselves soon, and won't be too far away from him.

Good guy and **MONSTER** guitar player!

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Jun 19th, 2017 05:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I came so close to buying one a few years ago. Loved it but felt I needed to play the regular D18 first before I made my decision.

Well for 1700 vs 2800 for the GE I just couldn't justify the GE. Bought the D18 and never looked back. The GE is probably the best guitar I have ever played, but the D18 fits my needs perfectly.

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Jun 19th, 2017 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

budg,

Agree with your assessment. I picked up a lefty 2012 D-18 a few months ago for $1,400 (with upgraded case). I'm sure there might be some other D-18 models that are incrementally better, but not enough to justify the extra $$ on my budget. I'm more than perfectly happy with my D-18. It has become my #1 acoustic...and I have a D-35, a Gibby J-45 and several Larrivees.

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Jun 19th, 2017 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I learn to play 'Godzilla', maybe I can be a **MONSTER** guitar player too.

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Jun 19th, 2017 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I owned both a 2012 D18 and a 2011 D-18GE for awhile.

Both were excellent guitars but I came to realize I prefer 1 11/16" at the nut and so I sold them.

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Viera
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Jun 19th, 2017 08:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the specs of the 2012 and beyond D-18s for the most part. They're basically the discontinued D-18V without the Mod V neck (which I prefer). I would have also preferred that they stayed with the black pickguard. That was a distinguishing feature of D-18s.

If you want a new D-18GE don't wait around too long. They were discontinued starting Winter 2017.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jun 20th, 2017 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Really? Wonder why, maybe everybody that wants one now has one and sales dropped off?

I have all the 18 series I need in the guitar pictured below. But the tone of that GE still haunts me a bit.

D-18VS

Viera
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Jun 20th, 2017 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like your VS Ragtop.

According to a reliable source I've listed all the discontinued Martins for 2017. I believe the GE/Marquis series is now history. The D18GE does surprise me. They were very popular.

D222 ANNIVERSARY
DCAURAGT
D28 JOHN LENNON 75TH
GPCAURAGT
CSOM TRUE NORTH 16
D18GE
SSCGPC16
D18GE BURST
SSOMVINE16
D28 MARQUIS
D28 AUTHENTIC 1941 VTS
D28 MARQUIS SUNBURST
SWDGT
SWOMGT


budg
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Jun 20th, 2017 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Damn shame about the D18GE being discontinued. A fine guitar . If I needed a banjo killer, that would be it, but my 2013 D18 will have to do. I have no complaints. I did have the straight braced D18 for a while , but I didnt bond to it.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jun 20th, 2017 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Viera, it's a sweetheart.

A GE might be a good investment, maybe?




Listen to me, now I'm trying to talk myself into buying one.

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