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reverend mikey

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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Dec 11th, 2017 02:34 PM        

Did I really just do this?! I have an Emerald carbon fiber guitar on order (should be done around March), and last Friday I ordered an(other) all wood guitar...<br /> <br /> Here's what I dreamed up:<br /> <br /> Martin J-18 <br /> Left-handed<br /> J/0000 14-fret size body (also called "J-14")<br /> D-18 trim and neck specs (1 3/4" nut, ebony board<br /> Old style logo, open gear Grover tuners)<br /> Sitka Spruce top (Grade 5-6), aging toner on top<br /> Forward shifted scalloped 5/16" Sitka braces<br /> Genuine Mahogany B/S (Grade 3-4)<br /> Large sound hole, no pick guard<br /> Rosewood bridge, 2 5/32" spacing<br /> <br /> The Sitka grade (5-6) is typically used on the 42/45, GE, and Authentic series guitars<br /> The hog grade (3-4) is reserved for Authentics<br /> <br /> I'm going after the tone of a discontinued signature model, the DPJ II (Diane Ponzi Jumbo), which sounds huge, clear and open - but with more traditional Martin aesthetics (see link below). <br /> <br /> I decided not to spring for the slotted headstock - which kept this build very reasonable, just north of $2,500. <br /> <br /> Now the wait begins - probably 5-7 months based on others' current experience.<br /> <br />



stratcowboy

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Dec 11th, 2017 06:08 PM        

The Jorma Kaukonen Martin signature model also has the enlarged sound hole.<br /> <br />



reverend mikey

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Dec 12th, 2017 08:45 AM        

Yes, I saw those too. Very nice, but very pricey, very limited, and who knows if I could ever find a lefty...



Hammond101

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Dec 12th, 2017 04:58 PM        

I think you made some good decisions with that build. I hope it comes out nicely for you. It should be a cannon.



Viera

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Dec 12th, 2017 07:33 PM        

I too like the specs, assuming that the scale length is 25.5". A guitar like that needs an longer scale. I also would have gone with a peg head rather than a slot head. I just like peg heads better, especially when it comes to string changes.<br /> <br /> Best wishes to an on time build.



reverend mikey

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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Dec 13th, 2017 08:34 AM        

Yes, Viera, it's Martin's longer scale (which they call 25.4").



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Dec 13th, 2017 09:03 AM        

Sounds real nice.<br /> <br /> We'll expect photos. Lots of photos.



reverend mikey

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Dec 13th, 2017 02:13 PM        

You bet, Ragtop. I'll e-mail Martin and tell 'em to hurry up cuz you all want to see photos!!!<br /> <br /> ;^p



stratcowboy

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Dec 13th, 2017 06:22 PM        

Years ago when my Guild was in their custom/repair shop in Nashville for a new neck, they actually sent me pictures of the **parts** and pieces of wood they were making it out of. That was pretty cool. And then other photos during the various steps of the rebuild. I certainly saved 'em.



Leftee

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Dec 14th, 2017 03:36 PM        

I’ll go up and visit it before they ship it.



reverend mikey

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Dec 14th, 2017 10:18 PM        

Eric, that would be fun, but around the time this will be getting finished, I'll be trying to get to Japan to see a new grandson...so that takes priority. Maybe someday I'll get to visit Martin in Nazareth (and Larrivee in Oxnard, and...).



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