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reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Dec 14th, 2017 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LOL!!!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 18th, 2017 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Heading out there tomorrow to pick up this guitar. Keeping my fingers crossed…

Leftee
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Dec 19th, 2017 04:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Safe travels! Watch out for the inversion. It was wicked last week.

reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Dec 19th, 2017 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Today is the day! Enjoy - and remember, just like a new Martin - this is the worst it will ever sound; I've heard that after a neck reset it can take up to a year for them to really open (back) up.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 19th, 2017 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm still in Boise but I picked up the guitar. Plays and looks great. Terrific job on the crack repair and new pick guard. But will have to noodle around at home some more. All in all, a hell of a deal. I'll post pictures tonight or tomorrow after I get home.

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Dec 19th, 2017 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mikey, I did not know that. Makes sense though.

Interesting!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 19th, 2017 10:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Finally got home but am done in. Will see about getting some pictures up tomorrow.

jvstratman

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Dec 20th, 2017 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well..

Inquiring minds.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 22nd, 2017 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a quick cell phone photo of the area where the horrible crack was. The pickguard is an old OEM Martin replacement. You can just see the line where the crack was going towards the bridge. Hard to see where it was at the pickguard itself.

The neck was reset, the saddle replaced (nut was fine), frets leveled, and set-up although the action at the upper neck is just a bit higher than I prefer. Next string change will likely see me lower the saddle just a bit. There was also a chunk of finish on the back of the neck that was missing. That's now repaired to where I can't find the exact spot.

I ended up spending about $625 on the work which struck me as very fair. Guitar plays and sounds great and I'm into it $1025 (not counting two round trips to Boise). Not a bad price for a very nice example of a 1972 D-18!

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(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 08:49 PM, Dec 22nd, 2017)

Hammond101
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Dec 22nd, 2017 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like some mighty fine work there. I'm glad this worked out for you Chris.

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Dec 22nd, 2017 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice that you stayed with a blackguard. To me it's a distinguishing feature of that era D-18. Also nice to know that it sounds great. Enjoy that thing in good health.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 22nd, 2017 11:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, the black guard was hard for me to stay with as I like tortoise so much more. But because the goal was to restore this to how it was in 1972, staying with the original pickguard, tuners, etc. was what was right for this guitar.

The guy who did the neck reset was a Martin authorized luthier but decided he'd do better (and have an easier business) by being on his own. Anyway, he still has a stash of Martin parts from the old days and this pickguard was one of those parts.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 23rd, 2017 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a link to a couple better pictures. Just scroll to the right.

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stratcowboy
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Dec 23rd, 2017 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow. Looks great.

Foggy1
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So, so you think you can tell?
Dec 23rd, 2017 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ok , I'll give you $800 ;)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 23rd, 2017 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Foggy, it's yours for $2000 + shipping.

Foggy1
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So, so you think you can tell?
Dec 23rd, 2017 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

C'mon man LOL! 1k and you pay shipping. :)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 23rd, 2017 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

$2500 now...

I'll overnight it to you as soon as the bitcoin clears.

;o)

Foggy1
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Dec 23rd, 2017 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LOL!

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Dec 26th, 2017 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

CG, thanks for the play-by-play and the photos. This has all been very interesting to me as a lover of the D-18.

And good on you for doing right by that old guitar.

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