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Re: Does HPL back & sides make tops more crack-prone? (reply)
I had my daughter's 000X1 in Solomon Islands, with highly variable humidity (depending on whether AC is on or off) for five years. No problems whatsoever. Served very well.
Technical Info

rrussell8

04/18/17 3:04 AM
Re: Little Martin (reply)
Nice guitars. If you string a Little Martin with .012 lights it might make it easier to start with, rather than the .013 mediums that are standard.
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

04/18/17 1:13 AM
Re: Drop-off in certain market areas? (reply)
There are no more of those first 200,000 or so Martins being made, a lot of them have already vanished, and the world population keeps increasing. They are the best steel string acoustic guitars of that era, with an iconic reputation,...
The Vintage Corner

rrussell8

04/11/17 5:52 AM
Re: Drop-off in certain market areas? (reply)
In the USA, the Millenial generation is already larger than the Baby Boomer generation. 
The Vintage Corner

rrussell8

04/10/17 12:54 AM
Re: Value of 1970 o-16NY? (reply)
My '75 was valued at $1600 in 2012, and they can only be going up, there are not any more being made, and have been undervalued in the past IMHO. $2K or so sounds right to me. A '70 will likely have a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard and...
The Vintage Corner

rrussell8

04/05/17 11:14 PM
Re: String Help Please...for Softened Tone (reply)
I have never found a better string than Thomastik Infeld Plectrums. I have been using them for forty years, and come back to them whenever I have tried something different. I don't find they have a limited lifespan, in fact I think they...
Technical Info

rrussell8

04/05/17 1:18 PM
Re: SWOMGT love (reply)
Dreads are over-sized and bass heavy. They have their place, for sure, but to me the 0 is the standard size, and guitars get larger or smaller from there.
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/30/17 2:12 AM
Re: Martin 0-28VS incoming.... (reply)
Nice one, congratulations!
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/28/17 7:24 AM
Re: Looking to put the first Martin in my stable...HD16r or wait for a HD28v? (reply)
I think you are on the right track. Keep us posted.
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/28/17 2:47 AM
Re: NGD D-420 (reply)
Very nice, congratulations!
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/28/17 2:43 AM
Re: Is Martin diluting it’s brand by trying to make everything for everyone? (reply)
I conducted a google search and discovered what could well be Hogman citing defects in 5 of 8 Martins purchased since 2000, 2 or 3 of which were unrepairable (both 2 and 3 are stated in the same post). This is a horrible experience, but...
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/23/17 7:36 AM
Re: Is Martin diluting it’s brand by trying to make everything for everyone? (reply)
Is there evidence that Martin no longer includes neck resets in warranty repairs?
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/22/17 9:08 AM
Re: Got a 1939 0-18 ! ,,, (Choose a 1939 0-18 or a 1940 00-18 ? (reply)
If the 0-18 is $1000 less, comparable condition, wider neck, it is a no-brainer to me. Of course, I do love the sound of 0 size Martins.
The Vintage Corner

rrussell8

03/21/17 9:07 AM
Re: Is Martin diluting it’s brand by trying to make everything for everyone? (reply)
Could expand on what defects you have found, in what sample size, please? My 2003 OM-28GE required a neck reset after a few years, while my 2006 OM-45RR is perfect, but that is a sample size of 2, and the one problem was not necessarily...
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/21/17 8:57 AM
Re: Best high-end Martin dealer to play a lot of different guitars? (reply)
Todd's list looks pretty good to me. I don't think there are many dealers with a stash of high end rosewood Martins out the back, waiting for someone with a big roll to blow through. A few years ago I would have said a trip to NYC...
General Musical Topics

rrussell8

03/21/17 12:53 AM
Re: Is Martin diluting it’s brand by trying to make everything for everyone? (reply)
I think my FeLiX IS special. Back in the day, Martin wasn't a brand, it was a manufacturer of guitars. Once someone points to evidence that the sound of the great Martins (say, the D-28, or the D-18, or the 000-28) is no good, or the...
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/20/17 11:39 PM
Re: NGD 000-17 (reply)
Very nice, the look is spot on, right down to the fretboard dots.
The D28 Lounge

rrussell8

03/20/17 11:57 AM
Re: My quest for 1967 (and 1966) Martins (reply)
Interesting quest. If you were to give it up right now you would still have some fantastic guitars, they are the six I'd pick from the 30, assuming there are no D-18S to catch.
The Vintage Corner

rrussell8

03/19/17 11:45 PM
Re: Chuck Berry (reply)
RIP, Chuck.
General Musical Topics

rrussell8

03/19/17 7:14 AM
Re: .011's (reply)
Sure, I use .011 on the 00-21. On my OMs, .012.
Technical Info

rrussell8

03/19/17 7:11 AM
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