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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Welp... that didn't last long (NGD related)

6L6
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Aug 22nd, 2019 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

A few months ago I posted about selling my new Martin Custom D-42 and buying a Martin 1937 D-28A Authentic.

I just sold the D-28A.

I had convinced myself before buying it that I could learn to play with that big FAT neck and taper (and 1 3/4" nut). It was all driven by the incredible TONE that guitar produced.

Well... my left hand just couldn't handle it. Some arthritis proved to make things uncomfortable after 15 minutes or so of playing. Loving the incredible tone wasn't worth the pain.

Luckily, I guess, I sold it quickly on our local CL and got all my money back. So I got to enjoy it for a few months without losing any money.

THEN... yesterday I received the Martin Custom OOO-18GE I ordered nine months ago and it KILLS! The custom features I ordered were the following:

* Mod V neck

* 1 11/16" nut

* 1935 Sunburst

* Deep body (adds 1/2" to depth for increased bass response)

It has definitely helped ease the pain of not making the D-28A work. I posted pics in the UMGF under the "D-28" Forum (still can't post pics in the FDP).

GAS is alive and well.

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UMGF

(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 12:00 PM, Aug 22nd, 2019)

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Aug 22nd, 2019 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

"(still can't post pics in the FDP)."

Is the pic size small enough? Even cell phone pics are too big now, they have to be resized to post them here.

Congrats on the new guitar!!

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Aug 22nd, 2019 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Is the pic size small enough? Even cell phone pics are too big now, they have to be resized to post them here."

That's the issue I have, so then I just don't bother.

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Aug 22nd, 2019 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats on the swap, 6. Sadly, we simply don't have the hard drive space to host modern fullsize photos. I don't even upload stuff here anymore, I use Flickr.

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Aug 22nd, 2019 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

You can also use Imgur and IMGBB; no account necessary. Upload an image and copy the URL for it to paste here.

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Aug 22nd, 2019 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats on a fine guitar!

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Aug 23rd, 2019 04:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Funny, with my arthritis I prefer a big fat neck. I'm sure I would have loved that D28A.

But congrats on the GE. I've played a few, and they were all killer guitars.

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Oct 2nd, 2019 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

UPDATE!

I purchased a new Martin '39 D-18A Authentic with VTS and I love it. Lots of rumble in my chest and I LOVE the neck and 1 11/16” nut!

Bought the guitar at Gryphon and had them install a K&K pickup. The guitar sounds fantastic both plugged and unplugged.

I’m now a happy dude again.

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Oct 2nd, 2019 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Did you post about this on that **other** forum? I'll be looking for pics over there...

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Oct 2nd, 2019 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes I did Rev. Do a 6L6 search and the pics will come up on the UMGF.

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Oct 3rd, 2019 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats on yet *another* Martin! ;o)

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Oct 4th, 2019 03:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Chris!

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Oct 4th, 2019 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's hoping that this D-18A works out for you.

I recall that you sold your original D-18A due to it's 1.75" nut width. I almost ordered one online several times, just couldn't pull the trigger. If one of those were to ever come up for sale here locally I'd probably check it out.

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Oct 5th, 2019 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Link to my pics in the UMGF:

2019 Martin D-18A with Vintage Tone System

(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 09:48 AM, Oct 5th, 2019)

Chris Greene
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Oct 5th, 2019 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I can no longer log in over there. Forced into a tapatalk account if I want to continue and can no longer see photos. Oh well.

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The older the violin

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Oct 5th, 2019 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Same here. The UMGF got to be pretty cumbersome, so I gave up on it.


Sweet guitar, though, 6. Congrats!

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Oct 5th, 2019 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys. You're right about difficulties with Tap A Talk.

It will only work on my MAC, not my iPhone or iPad. It was a real step backward for the UMGF when they went with that.

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(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 06:52 PM, Oct 5th, 2019)

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Oct 16th, 2019 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I finally got things sorted over there (as Bill knows). So is that an Adirondack top on the D-18? I do like the flamey mahogany back. While my current binding experience on the D-42 has soured me on Martins, I still look at different ones all the time online. It's a good thing there are no decent dealers within a couple hundred miles of me. I've never even played a Collings or Santa Cruz or any of the other competitors to better Martin guitars.

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Oct 16th, 2019 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes Chris, my D-18 Authentic has an Adi top and was assembled with hide glue. Non adjustable t-bar in the neck.

Collings guitars are fantastic IMO. However, they sound nothing like their Martin equivalents, so try before you buy.

Sounds like you need to make a trip to Gryphon where they have all the guitars you mentioned in stock!

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