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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Another Martin in my future (Custom Shop order)

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Dec 11th, 2017 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Did I really just do this?! I have an Emerald carbon fiber guitar on order (should be done around March), and last Friday I ordered an(other) all wood guitar...

Here's what I dreamed up:

Martin J-18
Left-handed
J/0000 14-fret size body (also called "J-14")
D-18 trim and neck specs (1 3/4" nut, ebony board
Old style logo, open gear Grover tuners)
Sitka Spruce top (Grade 5-6), aging toner on top
Forward shifted scalloped 5/16" Sitka braces
Genuine Mahogany B/S (Grade 3-4)
Large sound hole, no pick guard
Rosewood bridge, 2 5/32" spacing

The Sitka grade (5-6) is typically used on the 42/45, GE, and Authentic series guitars
The hog grade (3-4) is reserved for Authentics

I'm going after the tone of a discontinued signature model, the DPJ II (Diane Ponzi Jumbo), which sounds huge, clear and open - but with more traditional Martin aesthetics (see link below).

I decided not to spring for the slotted headstock - which kept this build very reasonable, just north of $2,500.

Now the wait begins - probably 5-7 months based on others' current experience.

YouTube clip of the Diane Ponzi DPJ II

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 04:36 PM, Dec 11th, 2017)

stratcowboy
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Dec 11th, 2017 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Jorma Kaukonen Martin signature model also has the enlarged sound hole.

Get one of these too...

(This message was last edited by stratcowboy at 08:10 PM, Dec 11th, 2017)

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Dec 12th, 2017 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, I saw those too. Very nice, but very pricey, very limited, and who knows if I could ever find a lefty...

Hammond101
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Dec 12th, 2017 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think you made some good decisions with that build. I hope it comes out nicely for you. It should be a cannon.

Viera
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Dec 12th, 2017 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I too like the specs, assuming that the scale length is 25.5". A guitar like that needs an longer scale. I also would have gone with a peg head rather than a slot head. I just like peg heads better, especially when it comes to string changes.

Best wishes to an on time build.

(This message was last edited by Viera at 09:35 PM, Dec 12th, 2017)

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Dec 13th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, Viera, it's Martin's longer scale (which they call 25.4").

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Dec 13th, 2017 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds real nice.

We'll expect photos. Lots of photos.

reverend mikey
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Dec 13th, 2017 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

You bet, Ragtop. I'll e-mail Martin and tell 'em to hurry up cuz you all want to see photos!!!

;^p

stratcowboy
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USA/Taos, NM

Dec 13th, 2017 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Years ago when my Guild was in their custom/repair shop in Nashville for a new neck, they actually sent me pictures of the **parts** and pieces of wood they were making it out of. That was pretty cool. And then other photos during the various steps of the rebuild. I certainly saved 'em.

Leftee
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Dec 14th, 2017 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ll go up and visit it before they ship it.

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Dec 14th, 2017 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Eric, that would be fun, but around the time this will be getting finished, I'll be trying to get to Japan to see a new grandson...so that takes priority. Maybe someday I'll get to visit Martin in Nazareth (and Larrivee in Oxnard, and...).

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