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reverend mikey
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Aug 1st, 2018 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been tempted by the Jeff Tweedy. I believe they might still have one at Dietze... but you can get a better deal at places like My Favorite Guitars (not far from you - out of Phoenix area, I believe).

Jon at My Favorite Guitars does 40% off MSRP (+ shipping) all day long.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Aug 1st, 2018 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

You're right, mikey, I'll check out MFG.

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Aug 2nd, 2018 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Martin's Mod V neck is my favorite acoustic neck, especially with a 1.75" nut width. If a 00-18V in good shape became available locally for a reasonable price I'd snap it up.

I hope that you find what you're looking for Ragtop.

Ragtop
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Aug 2nd, 2018 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Viera, keep an eye out for one in your area, okay?

I just missed a nice one that sold for $1500 in North Carolina. I just wasn't ready to buy at the time.

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Aug 2nd, 2018 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, that was easy, I checked Reverb late this afternoon and an '04 00-18V in excellent condition had popped up for an outstanding price. It had 9 watchers after just a couple hours, so I didn't dicker at all, just bought the thing.

Funny, my SC is going to North Carolina, and my new-to-me Martin is coming from North Carolina. I swear, all the good acoustic guitars are in NY, VA, and NC.

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Aug 2nd, 2018 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yay! Hopefully it's the one.

I had an 00-18V for a few months and really liked it. Unfortunately it had some structural issues. It got traded back to the shop for something else.

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Aug 3rd, 2018 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! Cool it just popped up for you. I will be interested to hear how you get along with this one. It's always stressful waiting for that guitar you haven't played hoping you like it when it arrives.

I still crave a Martin. The correct one has yet to fall into my lap.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Aug 3rd, 2018 10:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, guys! Yes, the shipping is always the nervous part.

I've got two in-transit, both going 2/3rds of the way across the country. It's nerve-wracking.

You're right, H101, it's nice to have a Martin around.

reverend mikey
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Aug 3rd, 2018 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

"You're right, mikey, I'll check out MFG."

I have no affiliation, but he's gotten lots of positive feedback on the Martin guitar forum.

I haven't bought anything from him - yet - but he did give me a great (40% off + shipping) quote on a Martin I was looking at. I suspect my next Martin (either an M-36 or a J-40) will come through his shop because of his outstanding service and prices.

Looking forward to your review of the 00 - too bad it will probably just give me more gas! (I have a Martin 000-15SM on order right now waiting, waiting...) along with a custom shop J-18 (jumbo size mahogany guitar with 18 style appointments).

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Aug 5th, 2018 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Jon is just outside of Wildwood Florida, his shop used to be in Naples Florida. Occasionally I would ride over to his shop, nice ride through the everglades. Went and saw him and his friends play at a coffee house in Naples a couple of times.

Jon, at the time, owned only one guitar, a 1950s D-18 I believe. His inventory at the Naples shop was huge. Even the UPS guy who dropped off a load of guitars while I was their one day was a monster player, it must have been around the time of his lunch break ‘cause he was their for at least a half hour playing various Martins Jon was showing him.

Ragtop
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Aug 5th, 2018 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's a photo from the seller of the 00-18V. I keep staring at it when I'm not pacing the floor waiting on it to arrive.

Check out that silk! A typical gorgeous Martin top.

2004 Martin 00-18V

Hammond101
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Aug 5th, 2018 03:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice top for sure. You don't see grain that close and straight today very often. Very nice.

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Aug 5th, 2018 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd be pacing around too if I had that photo to look at. That's a very well book matched top.

Ragtop
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Aug 9th, 2018 05:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's here. Oh, my! What a nice guitar.

It's 14 years old and looks unplayed except for a couple of tiny scratches on the pick guard. The frets and the tuners need to be polished up too.

No fret wear whatsoever. And the neck needs a tweak, but I can do that myself (too much relief).

Love the 00 size!

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Aug 9th, 2018 05:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! Small body Martins are my favorites.

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Aug 9th, 2018 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yay! I like the ones that need just a bit of tweaking to make them mine. Enjoy!

reverend mikey
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Aug 11th, 2018 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

That pic in your profile is drool-worthy! Those little Martins put out some luscious sound.

I really think this is one of Martin's "golden eras" of guitar building. They may not be using Brazilian or much Adirondack, but the guitars are still incredible - and the prices are reasonable when adjusting for inflation from "the good ol' days."

Keep us posted on the tone, which strings you try, etc.

Ragtop
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Aug 11th, 2018 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Will do, mikey.

The tone has awakened in the 4 days that I've had it, but I've been playing it a lot. It's gotten richer, bigger. I don't think this guitar has been played very much at all and has been dormant for a long time. The frets are terribly tarnished, even under the strings. I'll polish them with 0000 steel wool when I take the strings off.

I think it's got mediums on it, unknown brand, but I don't like them too much. Haven't decided if I'll go with my usual Elixir Lights or the LaBella Silk & Steel lights that I liked so well on the Santa Cruz.

And will put some ebony bridge pins in for sure.

And the action is too high, too much relief. I ordered a Martin truss rod wrench for it, will tweak the neck when that gets here.

I was playing on the front porch just now, but got worried about the humidity. It is 9% here right now, and the guitar came from eastern NC where I would guess it's much more humid. So I put it away with its humidifier in the case, will play more later.

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Aug 17th, 2018 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, she's done.

I ordered a truss rod tool and tweaked the neck, much better.

And I ordered some ebony bridge pins which arrived today.

So I removed the old strings, tweaked the neck just a touch more, polished the tarnished frets with 0000 steel wool and treated the fret board with F-One oil.

I then polished the entire guitar (paying particular attention to the headstock while the strings were off) for about the 5th time. It now has a real hard, glossy finish. I cleaned off a couple of sticky spots with lighter fluid.

Then I put on a set of my favorite strings, Elixir Lights, along with the new bridge pins. Tuned her up and played for a while just to settle the new strings.

What I have here is a very, very sweet little 00 guitar with classic Martin tone. No bling, just first-class simple woods; spruce, mahogany, and ebony. And it now sounds like a million bucks.

I love this little guitar with its big fat neck. And the guy who bought my Santa Cruz 1929 00 is delighted with it.

Everybody's happy!

(This message was last edited by Ragtop at 06:17 PM, Aug 18th, 2018)

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Sep 25th, 2018 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats. Great guitars.

I have a 2015 00-18V with flamed mahogany backs and sides.

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