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9/29/09 3:45 PM
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Hillbilly
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How are you liking that Martin 000-28ec?
10/5/09 5:20 PM
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Hi Hillbily,

I just noticed this thead.  I really like the Martin.



The guitar is very easy to play, and I have grown to dig the V-shaped neck.  The short scale means that the string tension's a little lighter than my dread's, which is good for the fingerstyle stuff I play.  Plus it sounds much nicer than my other guitars. 

It was a great purchase for me since it matches well with the style of music I've been playing (fingerstyle, mostly bluesy stuff).

I've read reviews where people complained that some Claptons have a "boxy" sound.  I'm no expert on evaluating a guitar's sound, but I don't get the feeling that the guitar's "boxy."   I have made it a point to play a bunch of the high-end nice 000s at the local guitar shop, and there were guitars that were unbelievable.  But none was unbelievable enough to make me regret my purchase.  Plus, at least at the shop, the other guitars (including their 00028EC) were all a heck of a lot more expensive than this eBay purchase.

One thing that I don't love is the signtaure inlaid on the fretboard, but that's very minor.   Especially when you consider that it's the only 000 Martin with the V-neck, wide fretboard & short scale.

The other problem is that I can only play it at night, otherwise I risk accidental kid/toddler damage.   :)

Bototm line, I'm keeping this Martin for a long time.  It's safe to say that this will be the nicest acoustic I ever own.
  
10/7/09 12:38 PM
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Glad to hear you are enjoying it, though it would be hard not to love a guitar like that..Definitely a life-long type guitar. I`m not crazy about signature guitars either but I could probably live with it especially EC.
10/9/09 1:45 PM
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Hillbilly - I`m not crazy about signature guitars either but I could probably live with it especially EC.

One plus with the EC is that it seems to be one of the more popular high-end Martins.  So, if you can stand the signature it's easier to pick up a used one at a decent price. 
10/13/09 7:24 PM
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I sure am loving my new Martin. I bought it new so every little bonk and ding drives me crazy..Here is a new blues tune I put up that I wrote a while back and recorded a couple of days ago on my new d18.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=8207734
10/14/09 12:49 AM
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The Martin sounds sweet!  And, you get a great 'snap' when you play.

Congrats on the purchase.

Oh, and btw, I hope you made it Charleston alright.  ;)
  
10/16/09 4:32 PM
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I love the snap and pop of mahogany for blues..

Yes I made it to Charleston.lol I wrote that 20+ years ago while my brother and I were touring playing blues fests. We were playing the Charleston blues and it was a nightmare. My brother had an abscessed tooth and could hardly play harmonica, and we had to hang out for 2 weeks before the fest even started. I guess it`s all part of paying one`s dues.
10/21/09 2:13 PM
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Man, I just did a check to see if there was another Martin 000 that has the short scale, wide nut and rosewood (regardless of the shape of the neck).

There is . . .  for double the money.  00042 and 00042 Marquis.

00018 has all the specs, but it's a hog.

I guess I'll just stay happy with what I got.  :)
 
10/21/09 3:21 PM
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There was a lady here in town that had a 1936(i think) 000-42. What a magical guitar that thing was! She sold it for 30k about 10 years ago. I`m thinking a 000 or even a 00-18 will be my next guitar..
10/21/09 4:26 PM
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Hillbilly - There was a lady here in town that had a 1936(i think) 000-42. What a magical guitar that thing was! She sold it for 30k about 10 years ago. I`m thinking a 000 or even a 00-18 will be my next guitar..

Do it!
  (says the enabler)

BTW, I made a mistake above.  I looked at the wrong spect on the 000-18.  It does not have a 1-3/4'' nceck, but the 000-18 Marquis, 000-18 Grand Marquis and the 000-18 Golden Era 1937 do.
 

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