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reverend mikey
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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.

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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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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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Idaho, USA

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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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Idaho, USA

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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.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Jul 26th, 2017 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never gotten the D-35 other than the bound neck. The back was a move by Martin to be able to use smaller pieces of Brazilian rosewood back in the day. There definitely is a D35 cult, however.

Hammond101
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Jul 26th, 2017 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A D-35 got buy me that I would have loved to own. It was the best sounding acoustic I have ever played, a early-mid 80s model. Luck of the draw tone wise possibly.

My fetish for the D-35 stems from that guitar. I hope to find another that is "as good as" but if something else pops up that fits the budget you just never know. The HD-28V is pulling my strings too.

I like bound necks and 3 piece backs. I don't think there is anything tone wise there, maybe a still loud but tighter bottom end, but I like the look.

reverend mikey
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Jul 26th, 2017 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can occasionally find a D-35 from the late '60's (with Brazilian back and sides) for not a whole lot more than the price of a new D-35 - and certainly for around the MSRP of a new D-35.

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Oct 10th, 2017 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"You can occasionally find a D-35 from the late '60's (with Brazilian back and sides) for not a whole lot more than the price of a new D-35 - and certainly for around the MSRP of a new D-35..."

About three months ago I bought a near mint condition, one owner 1969 D-35 with it's original case (also mint), all hang tags, and even a pic of the owner in the store taken the day he bought it.

I found the guitar on my local CL and the guitar had been purchased new at a guitar store just 5 minutes from my home.

It was borderline in need of a neck reset, so I had Gryphon give it the works. Neck reset, new stainless steel frets, and a K&K pickup.

The Brazilian on the back and sides is stunning. The binding is beautifully aged and the top is spectacular.

I paid him $4300 cash for the guitar and put another $1000 into it at Gryphon. I feel I got an incredible deal, especially given the spectacular condition of the instrument. We did the cash deal at the Police Department in Santa Cruz, CA.

ALL THAT SAID... it only "ties" several EIR D-35's I've owned in the past in the sound department. Frankly, I've played a number of Brazilian D-35's and was never moved to buy any of them until this one popped up. In short, my ears prefer EIR but I do love the look of beautiful Brazilian rosewood.

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Chris Greene
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Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Oct 10th, 2017 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You know, we ought to have an acoustic forum here. ;o)

I wonder what the guitar shop near Boise was that Hammond was talking about. All I know about is GC and Dorsey.

Hammond101
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Oct 10th, 2017 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll get the name for ya CG. The owner formerly owned a shop in Temecula, CA. I've done some amp and guitar repair for his son who lives in SoCal.

BTW, my friend who bought the Authentic just bought a very nice D-18 from the same Idaho business. I played it last week. These guys are all former band mates and my buddy with all the Martins is the bass player in The Surf Kings with me. Small world down in this valley.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 07:43 PM, Oct 10th, 2017)

Hammond101
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Oct 10th, 2017 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Eagle Guitar in Meridian, ID. Ask for J.R. My friends name down here is Pat. I know all these guys from the band Hired Guns.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Oct 10th, 2017 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool. No website, just a facebook page but I'll try to visit when I'm in Boise next month to drop of the D18.

Hammond101
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Oct 11th, 2017 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not to slam J.R. but he built a parts Tele for his son who lives down here and is a customer/friend of mine. I had to set it up correctly. It was close but really needed some frets leveled and the ends dressed.

I doubt he has a tech on the premises.

He's good at sellin' stuff.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Oct 11th, 2017 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Talked to him today. Will have to visit his store when I'm there next month.

Hammond101
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Oct 11th, 2017 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool, I'm glad you asked about the business.

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