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Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jun 30th, 2016 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, it's here, and it's excellent. Plenty of volume, big overtones, lots of bottom end. Nice and balanced, rings out nicely.

It's an '03, but you wouldn't know it to look at it. No wear at all, and just a couple of very tiny dings on the top. Got that sweet Martin cedar scent to it as well; wish they could bottle that, I'd buy some for my wife.

Now to order a K&K for it.

I'm pretty jazzed about this guitar, have wanted one for years.

pombrio
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Jun 30th, 2016 09:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad to hear you got a keeper Ken. I was curious about how it was going.

You know what they say around these parts about pictures? We need proof or else it's just another fishing story!

Congrats and enjoy your EC.

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Jun 30th, 2016 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It's an '03, but you wouldn't know it to look at it....."



But you'd know it by the sound. They say it takes about a dozen years for a good acoustic to "open_up."


Happy to hear your enjoying the guitar.

Ragtop
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Jul 1st, 2016 05:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

pombrio, I'm on the way out the door, will post a photo in a few days.


BTW, what strings do you EC owners prefer? I like Elixirs, but am open to suggestions. It's got Martins on it now (the seller couldn't remember exactly which ones) that sound pretty darn good.

jhawkr
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It's all gravy from here on...
Jul 1st, 2016 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Martin FX Flexible Core Silk & Phosphor strings. 11-47 so easy on my fingers. Still have nice volume/tone.


By the way, my EC is a 2013 and started opening up nicely after the 1st year.

(This message was last edited by jhawkr at 08:02 AM, Jul 1st, 2016)

reverend mikey
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Jul 1st, 2016 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats on your new baby! Sounds like you got a good one!

I do think some of the new ones that don't sound outstanding may just need to be played for a few years till they open up. Dreads can sound "big" and open right from the start; smaller guitars can take longer. I have a Larrivee OM/mahogany that is now @ 23 years old, and it is really sweet now; meaty trebles and strong mids, just right/balanced bass.

Also give Martin's Monel Retro strings a try; I've become a big fan of them; have them on several acoustics - Martin, Larrivee, Ovation - after a couple hours they really settle in and sound clear, warm and woody. And they seem to last forever.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 07:03 PM, Jul 1st, 2016)

reverend mikey
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Jul 1st, 2016 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's not always easy to find the Martin Retro's in shops; D'Addario's Nickel Bronze strings are similar (and more available) - like them as well.

Ragtop
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Jul 4th, 2016 06:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here you go, pombrio, you can believe it now!

I've been out of town since the day after I got it, so I unloaded the car, grabbed the guitar and a glass of wine, and headed for the front porch.

First chord rang out loud and true, and surprised me again at its depth of tone, and richness. It reverberated nicely against my chest, something I always look for.

Later, I took a pick to it for the first time while watching TV. Had to give up on that as it was too loud.

I like the modified V neck and the 1 3/4" nut. All my other acoustics are 1 11/16", but my hand makes the switch with no problem.

If I could change one thing, it would be to remove the gloss on the neck and make it satin. I love a satin Martin neck. But it's not a big thing, I'm used to the gloss already.

000-28EC

jhawkr
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Jul 4th, 2016 06:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice! Makes me want to get mine out. But, wife is still in bed and there would be repercussions! ;o)

Ragtop
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Jul 4th, 2016 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And here's the flip side:





Other side

Ragtop
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Jul 4th, 2016 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Same here, jhawkr!




Hey, was in your town yesterday, had to take my kids to the airport. Dropped one off at 5:45am, then had some time to kill so I told the other that I would buy her breakfast. Drove right to Livingston's like I go there every day! Too bad for me, it was still closed, so we had to settle for Denny's. Then dropped off the second one at the airport (nice airport, btw) and headed back to in in-laws place.

jhawkr
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Jul 4th, 2016 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI, They open @ 6:00am M-F and 7:00am on Saturday & Sunday.


pombrio
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Jul 4th, 2016 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

She's a beauty Ragtop. Wish I could've bonded with mine because the size was comfortable.

Congrats & enjoy!

Ragtop
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Jul 25th, 2016 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm having a Holter pickguard made for it. These are made by a guy in Chattanooga, and are of much better quality than the OEM Martin pickguard.

Check out the link to his FB page and you'll see what I mean. He has been just great to work with. I had to send mine back because the arc wasn't quite right (due to my faulty measurement...), and he told me not to worry, that he'll do whatever it takes to get it right.

I'll post a pic when the new one is on. In the meantime, give Taylor a shout if you are thinking about a new and improved pickguard.

Holter Pickguards

stratcowboy
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Jul 25th, 2016 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Probably too late for Willie.

Hammond101
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Jul 25th, 2016 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice. I'm glad you are happy with your choice. Someday I will find one that I can bond with. Until then the Taylor GC6e will just have to make due.

Ragtop
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Jul 25th, 2016 09:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

lol @ stratcowboy!




No, Trigger would not look right with a shiny new Holter pickguard.

Ragtop
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Aug 11th, 2016 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm installing a K&K Pure Western p/u on this guitar right now; waiting, in fact, for the superglue to set up on the 2nd transducer.

This is install #10 for me, so I know what I'm doing. However, the other 9 were all dreadnoughts and I had plenty of room to work inside.

It's a bit tight inside this 000, though, hard to maneuver my big meathook around in there.

Also, the high "E" transducer didn't seem to want to fit, so I called K&K directly. Got transferred once and talked to a guy who knew exactly what my problem was and how to work around it. Great customer support!

Ragtop
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Aug 23rd, 2016 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All done.

K&K Pure Western Mini installed, OEM pickguard swapped out for a Holter pickguard, and traded the white plastic bridgepins for ebony.

Turned out pretty nice, I'm very happy with it.

2003 EC

SandBagger
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Sep 5th, 2016 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You most likely know this, but there are 3 pictures of your guitar on Holters website.


Very cool!

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