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Hammond101
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Jul 7th, 2017 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had the afternoon to myself so I visited the local GC. I wanted to play some high end dreads as I'm working toward another acoustic purchase. Nothing, nada. Not a D model Martin in the store. Not a 510 through 810 series Taylor either. I really wanted to compare. Very disappointed in that chain lately.

It was surf band rehearsal night last night and I carpool with our bass player, a good long term friend. He plays guitar as well, is well off and has a nice collection. I do all of his bass and guitar set up work.

He had just received the Martin Authentic and handed it to me to play before we left for the studio. About all I can say is wow. Awesome flat top with a balance tone to be hugely proud of. Sort of a flat V neck shape and very comfortable. Loved it. A friend of ours owns a guitar shop near Boise and had gotten this piece on consignment. He saved about $2500 on a basically new guitar. Really sweet. It will be even better after the top opens up.

Then I played his D-18, D-28 7 string and his D-35. God! Heavenly experience. The balanced tone of the D-28 1937 was the top of the heap however.

Overall I think I'm looking for a D-35 that I can afford.

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Jul 7th, 2017 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've heard pretty much nothing but great things about Martin's Authentic series, especially the D's. I believe that 6L6 had one of the original D-18 A's.

I kind of hope that I never get to play one because then I might just go out and spend $ that I shouldn't.

Hammond101
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Jul 7th, 2017 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hear ya Viera. I $6900 guitar just isn't in the cards for me. I do want a nice Martin however.

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Jul 9th, 2017 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

H101, don't know if you frequent the AGF but there is a stunning Custom Shop D-18 for sale there.

It's a 12-fret slot head with some bling, 1 3/4" nut and a Modified V neck. Same specs as my D-18VS, which is an amazing player.

Talk about a nice Martin! Decent price, too.

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Jul 9th, 2017 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The one Ragtop suggested sounds like a great idea.

I have a 2015 D-35/50 Standard (50th Anniversary of the first D-35's in 1967), and it is an excellent guitar - Martin is making VERY NICE new guitars these days!

However, you should probably also check out the 2017 Martin D-28; they updated the specs for '17 like they did on the D-18 in 2012, and it looks very tempting: forward shifted non-scalloped braces, tint top, open back tuners, 1 3/4" nut, low profile neck - It's giving me gas to think about it, because I recently bought the updated D-18 (a used one) and it is stellar!

Check it out on Martin's website - people are saying they should be on the street in September or October at the latest.

Hammond101
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Jul 10th, 2017 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well the CS D-18 on the AGF is sold pending payment. Great looking instrument. Didn't last long! I'd love to have a slot head.

Amazing that the 35 trim models in the used market seem to be priced a bit les than the 28s. I'm a sucker for 3-piece backs so the D-35 is very attractive to me.

I put electronics in a mid-80s D-35 a while back. It was a stellar instrument. The owner (my tax guy) ended up selling it without contacting me, uhg! That one would have done it for me.

I know of a certain D-28V that most likely will come available. I need to be patient. 2 of them actually.

Looking around I see so many cracked and/or repaired guitars for sale, yikes!

Viera
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Jul 10th, 2017 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You guys are killing me talking about those upper end Martins. As far as sound and playability I'm of the opinion that the upper end Martins (& Gibsons), are right up there with the boutique builders like Santa Cruz and Collings. Thankfully I'm happy with what I have, really, I think??? :)

Hammond101: I had a custom HD-28V for a couple of years. Great rosewood B/S dread. I sold it only to thin the herd. I preferred my (now sold) D-18GE at the time.

Sorry to hear about that mid-80s D-35. Just goes to show you that you can't trust a tax guy. ;-)



Hammond101
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Jul 11th, 2017 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Viera, I'd have to agree, excellent instruments. What do you have these days for an acoustic(s)? Some very fine instruments mentioned above have gone through your hands.

Tax guy yeah, so many things I have told people, "If you ever want to sell this call me first", and it never happens. That D-35 was the best sounding acoustic guitar I have ever played. It had the smoothest feel to go with it.

I've had GAS for a Martin dread for many years. The right deal has just not come around. It's not that I don't own nice acoustics. In that time I acquired a Taylor 814ce, GC6e and 312ce. I was fine for a while however re-acquiring my lawsuit Takamine F360S lit the fire again for the real deal.

Chris Greene
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Jul 11th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a rosewood guy more than mahogany and ended up with an HD-28V and a D-42 that I was fortunate to get through one of our sponsors who offered me an industry accommodation price on these. That was the only way I was going to be able to finally own a couple Martins. I played a bunch of variants in my home (thanks to this sponsor) including the D-41 and HD-28. Based on these guitars and how terrific they all sounded, I can only imagine how good some of the Authentics are.

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Jul 11th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ I almost pulled the trigger on one of the original D-18 Authentics but I already had a real nice D-18GE. How much better could an Authentic be? I'll probably never know.

Hammond101, yes I've been very fortunate to have owned some nice acoustics. I currently have 2 steel string acoustics, a Gibson Advanced Jumbo and a Martin 000 Custom All Mahogany (pics in profile).

The AJ is probably the best all round dread that I have owned and possibly ever played. It does everything I play very well and some things exceptionally well. It's has rosewood B/S but doesn't have the overbearing overtones sometimes associated with rosewood, just a very sweet sounding dread. Sound wise it's kind of a cross between a HD-28V and a J-45. I like to refer to it as a J-45 on steroids.

The Martin 000 is very nice also. I got it to replace the D-18GE. At the time I was playing mostly acoustic and was experiencing shoulder issues, so I wanted something smaller than a dread. It has a 25.5" scale length with forward shifted Golden Era bracing. It's loud for a 000 and has very good sustain. I prefer the sound of the AJ, but it's nice to have a smaller acoustic around.

(This message was last edited by Viera at 01:29 PM, Jul 11th, 2017)

Hammond101
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Jul 12th, 2017 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, my friend with the 1937 has offered to loan me his D-35 for a while to see how I like it. Who am I to refuse an offer like that.

This will be nice to have around the house to practice a song I need to learn to play at my niece's wedding Sept 3rd.

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Jul 12th, 2017 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is a good friend, indeed!

Hammond101
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Jul 13th, 2017 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, certainly is. We share a similar outlook on life and that is rare. I set up all his guitars and basses. He's one of my best customers and one of my best friends.

Viera
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Jul 13th, 2017 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

D-35s are nice, but you should have held out for the D-28 Authentic 1937. :)

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Jul 13th, 2017 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I believe that 6L6 had one of the original D-18 A's..."

Good memory, Viera! Actually, they started making the 1937 D-18A's in 2005. Mine was built in 2011.

I LOVED everything about that guitar except the 1 3/4" nut. Eventually, that wore me down and I sold the guitar. All of my current stash and any future purchases I make will have a 1 11/16" nut. It's what i grew up on and it's what I like best (fewer clams).

I've yet to play a Martin Authentic that wasn't a fantastic guitar!

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(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 12:10 PM, Jul 13th, 2017)

Hammond101
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Jul 13th, 2017 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm sure I'll get a stint with the 1937 authentic but some of the shiney has to wear off for the new owner :-)

Chris Greene
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Jul 22nd, 2017 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd love to try some of Martin's authentic replica guitars but I think I'm pretty close with the HD-28V and D42. Very few places in the western US seem to have inventory of the Authentics and similar.

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Jul 24th, 2017 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a HD 28 but not going for the HD 28V has been a big regret. The 28 impresses but the V has more mojo... if I had to do it again I would have ponied up the extra. I'm afraid to try the authentics...

Chris Greene
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Jul 25th, 2017 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I compared and contrasted the HD vs. the HD-V and found they were more similar than dissimilar in spite of the differences in bracing. What drove me towards the 28V was the neck, ivoroid binding, and that aging toner on the top. Both are great guitars IMO.

Hammond101
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Jul 25th, 2017 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The look of the V is awesome and when spending this kind of money IMO important. The Authentic takes it to another level however beyond the V spec. That aged top just kills it. I don't think I have ever been more impressed by a guitar that is only 3 months old tone wise.

I am in no way saying the V is firewood in comparison. If I could find a nice V, say 5-6 years old that had loosened up a bit. I could be very happy. The authentic is just way beyond my guitar budget.

I continue to be in the D-35 market.

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