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Ragtop

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Jun 20th, 2017 04:12 PM        

Thanks, Viera, it's a sweetheart.<br /> <br /> A GE might be a good investment, maybe?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Listen to me, now I'm trying to talk myself into buying one.



Chris Greene

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Oct 16th, 2017 02:47 PM        

I know this thread is a bit stale but considering the prices of 1970's era D-18's, wouldn't one of those make even more sense if all was well or, like in my case, you could buy it cheap enough to make it well? My D-18 has a nearly 46 year old top and sounds like it. No VTS required.



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Oct 16th, 2017 06:06 PM        

I would get it repaired. A Martin that age is worth saving. Iâm a D18 guy anyways. Love the hog body.



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Oct 17th, 2017 08:41 AM        

I don't have any Dreads at the moment. I never had a really good one either. I dragged a 70s era Yamaha up and down the east coast for years. <br /> <br /> I like mahogany. I do appreciate the sound of the Rosewood Martins, the shimmery tones of the Rosewood is a good sound but the clear voice of Mahogany is my preference. I like the smaller bodies too the OOO15S is my largest guitar, the 0015 is #1.<br /> There was one D18 I strummed at Jon Garron's "My Favorite Guitar" when he was still located in Naples FL that I might have bought from him, if I wasn't on the Harley at the time. As I walked past it hanging on the wall I gave it a strum, the tone and volume increased as I walked away from it. I took it off the wall and played it for almost an hour. Jon smiled at me and said "some of them are just like that" then pulled out his late 50s Martin and demonstrated it's tone to me. Jon only has that one guitar.<br /> <br /> There are guitars that can put all the other ones you own up for sale. If you find it, their hard to walk away from.<br /> <br /> When the little 0015 ambushed me at a Sam Ash, I had the counter guy pull out all the mahogany guitars and we played them back and forth a couple of time, that 0015 was the one. I walked away from it that day. Later that evening I was talking with my guitar player about it and he told me that Guitars where like fish, in that the story of the fish gets bigger and bigger with the telling of it. He said the same thing happens with guitars, if I didn't get it, in my mind it would gain in tone and eventuality to a point were no guitar would ever match it, that it could become one of the great losses of my life. Well I got it, he may have been right, at least to a degree, it is still the best sounding instrument I've ever heard, and nearly doubled in value since I purchased it.<br /> <br /> I still owe him for that fussy logic though, and it will be evil "o)



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Oct 17th, 2017 06:23 PM        

Going back to the first post in this thread - I think that D-18GE is still hanging on the wall - I was there Monday and eyed it, but didn't take it down this time (did play a few others *upside down*).



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Oct 17th, 2017 07:57 PM        

"but considering the prices of 1970's era D-18's, wouldn't one of those make even more sense if all was well or, like in my case, you could buy it cheap enough to make it well?" <br /> <br /> Chris, I'd say it depends, especially if you can find a deal like you did. D-18s post War through 2012 were braced differently for better or for worse. Regardless, a lot of great music was made on straight braced D-18s & D-28s. <br /> <br /> I seriously considered buying a birth year (1957) D-18 that looked to be in outstanding condition (online ad and pics). It was on the pricey side, but if D-18s in that era had been made with forward shifted scalloped bracing I might have coughed up the $. <br /> <br />



Chris Greene

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Oct 17th, 2017 10:21 PM        

I've fallen for the forward shifted scalloped braces thing on my two Martin rosewood dreads but I was stunned how good the '72 D-18 was in spite of it's need for a neck reset and a couple other things. While it won't be, it could certainly be my only dread.



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Oct 18th, 2017 01:39 PM        

Sometimes a guitar is resonate. I had a 93 D-1 that blew my socks off. You would never have guessed it was a straight braced guitar. Fast forward to 2011. I foolishly bought a 2011 D18. It was straight braced and not only did it not project well , but it didnt have much bass at all. I ended up selling it for a 2013 D 18 and haven't looked back. The 13 is scalloped braced and it has great tone. <br /> <br /> I think if you are pleased with the tone , have the work done if you are going to keep it. Will it go up in value over the years? Its hard to say . Straight braced D18s are hit and miss. But then you look at D28s that are straight braced, everyone wants them.<br /> <br /> Of all the guitars I have had or played only the D18GE was the one that still haunts me. I ended up with a regular D18, but damn that tone on the GE IS the holy grail IMO.



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Oct 18th, 2017 03:19 PM        

mikey, you say that guitar is still there?<br /> <br /> Sign of the times, I guess?



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Oct 18th, 2017 04:35 PM        

If it's the same one, yeah. Pricey for the average guitar player at (I believe) around $3700.



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