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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Well, I did it again - NGOD

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Nov 30th, 2018 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

"New Guitar Order Day"

What: Martin Model America 1
When: Wednesday, November 28

Details:

The Model America 1 is a "Limited Edition" - yet it's also in their Standard Series - very confusing. And I was told by one dealer (in Omaha, where I ordered my J-18 that didn't get built for six month!) almost a year ago that they couldn't order me a lefty - all orders had been filled.

It's called the Model America 1 because all the woods are domestic/USA: Sycamore back/sides, Cherry neck, Walnut fingerboard, bridge and headstock plate, Adirondack Spruce top and braces. It even started out life (models at the NAMM show) with USA Sperzel open back tuners, but those quickly changed to Martin branded ones (Gotoh or Grover?).

I first saw and played one at the shop in Omaha and it sounded fantastic (as good as a Mahogany D-18, but different), and the Sycamore on that one was gorgeous. When I was told no more orders were being taken, I seriously considered buying it and having it converted to lefty, mostly because the Sycamore on the back is so nice (the guitar is still there at Dietze Music, almost a year later).

Then two weeks ago I saw one (right-handed) listed as coming in to the dealer where I bought my J-40 (My Favorite Guitars in Surprise, AZ), so I called them and asked if they could order me a lefty. They checked with Martin and got back to me and said, "Yes!"

So I went for it... now for the wait. I'm assuming they'll have to build it from scratch, since it's unlikely they'd make one of these in lefty "just to have in the warehouse." So it will probably be 3-4 months (accounting for the Christmas-New Year holidays).

Here's Martin's specs on this one:

Model America 1

MJB
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Nov 30th, 2018 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

You sure have a lot of Martin GAS. :-)

Congrats!

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the sweeter the music.
Dec 1st, 2018 04:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Something different, that's for sure. I like the look.

When I think of sycamore I think of the town of Waterloo and the 4-5 MASSIVE sycamores growing there, just north of downtown. Magnificent trees. Never thought of sycamore as a tonewood, but what do I know? It sure is pretty.

reverend mikey
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Dec 1st, 2018 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ragtop, if you're ever back at Dietze in the near future, check to see if that America 1 is still there and give it a go... you may prefer smaller guitars, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the nice tone of the Sycamore and Adirondack top.

If I'm ever in Waterloo again, I'll have to look for those trees...

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Dec 2nd, 2018 05:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I might be back after Christmas and will check. I do like my 00 Martin, and am looking for a rosewood parlor, but dreads are still my go-to when playing with others or at the open mic.

And, yes, I get worked up over trees.... Kind of a hobby of mine.

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Dec 2nd, 2018 05:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

You're on a roll Rev, congrats!

Viera
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Dec 2nd, 2018 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I believe that Rev is now Martin's best leftee client.

reverend mikey
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Dec 2nd, 2018 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's possible, Viera. Since 2015, I've bought 6 Martins - 4 new and 2 used. Plus the one on order now...

I've sold the two used ones (one back to the person I bought it from), and I may end up selling one or two more down the road, we'll see - although I do like all of them.

But I'm sure there's some lefty out there who has spent more on Martin's than I have...

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