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reverend mikey
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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!

budg
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ohio

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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.

reverend mikey
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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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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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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.

Chris Greene
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Oct 16th, 2017 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know this thread is a bit stale but considering the prices of 1970's era D-18's, wouldn't one of those make even more sense if all was well or, like in my case, you could buy it cheap enough to make it well? My D-18 has a nearly 46 year old top and sounds like it. No VTS required.

budg
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Oct 16th, 2017 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would get it repaired. A Martin that age is worth saving. I’m a D18 guy anyways. Love the hog body.

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Oct 17th, 2017 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't have any Dreads at the moment. I never had a really good one either. I dragged a 70s era Yamaha up and down the east coast for years.

I like mahogany. I do appreciate the sound of the Rosewood Martins, the shimmery tones of the Rosewood is a good sound but the clear voice of Mahogany is my preference. I like the smaller bodies too the OOO15S is my largest guitar, the 0015 is #1.
There was one D18 I strummed at Jon Garron's "My Favorite Guitar" when he was still located in Naples FL that I might have bought from him, if I wasn't on the Harley at the time. As I walked past it hanging on the wall I gave it a strum, the tone and volume increased as I walked away from it. I took it off the wall and played it for almost an hour. Jon smiled at me and said "some of them are just like that" then pulled out his late 50s Martin and demonstrated it's tone to me. Jon only has that one guitar.

There are guitars that can put all the other ones you own up for sale. If you find it, their hard to walk away from.

When the little 0015 ambushed me at a Sam Ash, I had the counter guy pull out all the mahogany guitars and we played them back and forth a couple of time, that 0015 was the one. I walked away from it that day. Later that evening I was talking with my guitar player about it and he told me that Guitars where like fish, in that the story of the fish gets bigger and bigger with the telling of it. He said the same thing happens with guitars, if I didn't get it, in my mind it would gain in tone and eventuality to a point were no guitar would ever match it, that it could become one of the great losses of my life. Well I got it, he may have been right, at least to a degree, it is still the best sounding instrument I've ever heard, and nearly doubled in value since I purchased it.

I still owe him for that fussy logic though, and it will be evil "o)

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 10:55 AM, Oct 17th, 2017)

reverend mikey
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Oct 17th, 2017 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Going back to the first post in this thread - I think that D-18GE is still hanging on the wall - I was there Monday and eyed it, but didn't take it down this time (did play a few others *upside down*).

Viera
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Oct 17th, 2017 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"but considering the prices of 1970's era D-18's, wouldn't one of those make even more sense if all was well or, like in my case, you could buy it cheap enough to make it well?"

Chris, I'd say it depends, especially if you can find a deal like you did. D-18s post War through 2012 were braced differently for better or for worse. Regardless, a lot of great music was made on straight braced D-18s & D-28s.

I seriously considered buying a birth year (1957) D-18 that looked to be in outstanding condition (online ad and pics). It was on the pricey side, but if D-18s in that era had been made with forward shifted scalloped bracing I might have coughed up the $.



Chris Greene
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Oct 17th, 2017 10:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've fallen for the forward shifted scalloped braces thing on my two Martin rosewood dreads but I was stunned how good the '72 D-18 was in spite of it's need for a neck reset and a couple other things. While it won't be, it could certainly be my only dread.

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Oct 18th, 2017 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sometimes a guitar is resonate. I had a 93 D-1 that blew my socks off. You would never have guessed it was a straight braced guitar. Fast forward to 2011. I foolishly bought a 2011 D18. It was straight braced and not only did it not project well , but it didnt have much bass at all. I ended up selling it for a 2013 D 18 and haven't looked back. The 13 is scalloped braced and it has great tone.

I think if you are pleased with the tone , have the work done if you are going to keep it. Will it go up in value over the years? Its hard to say . Straight braced D18s are hit and miss. But then you look at D28s that are straight braced, everyone wants them.

Of all the guitars I have had or played only the D18GE was the one that still haunts me. I ended up with a regular D18, but damn that tone on the GE IS the holy grail IMO.

(This message was last edited by budg at 03:41 PM, Oct 18th, 2017)

Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Oct 18th, 2017 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mikey, you say that guitar is still there?

Sign of the times, I guess?

reverend mikey
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Oct 18th, 2017 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it's the same one, yeah. Pricey for the average guitar player at (I believe) around $3700.

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