Martin Tour

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Martin Tour

Postby panhead74 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:36 am

I played hookey from work on Friday and drove from home (near Philadelphia) up to Nazareth, Pennsylvania to take a tour of the Martin factory.

Fascinating!

While waiting for the tour to begin, I noticed a number of different instruments in the main hallway, so I picked up a OOO28VS and starting fingerpicking a (very bad) rendition of "Crow Jane"...that HAS to be the nicest guitar that I have played in my limited experience. I also picked up an ALT 2 (being a reso-player I couldn't resist). I'm not real fond of spider bridge reso's, but this one had a great tone and a wonderful feel. Just as I wwas launching into "Coffee Blues" my girlfriend emerged from the ladies room. She took one look and in a very worried whisper asked "Are you allowed to play these guitars?"

"I dunno...I'll play 'til someone tells me to stop."

Luckily for the tour group, the guide came along and saved us all from my version of "Make Me a Pallet"

Anywho...in deference to those who might still be on dial-up, I won't post pix, but here's a link...

http://s29.photobucket.com/albums/c282/ ... 20Factory/

Just a couple of things to point out:
One of the first pictures is of a laser cutter. They don't cut tops, backs and sides with saws, they use lasers!

Look at the guy chiseling the neck joint! They still fit 'em by hand (there some things that machines can't do yet).

I literally laughed out loud when I saw the kerfed ribbon linings being glued in using clothes pins! I reckon there's a lot that technology just can't improve.

Likewise for gluing the bindings...some they tape, some they rope.

Finally...just look at this...what have we here?...why it's a D-100 waiting for a neck in the final finishing station, just like any more pedestrian model.

Sorry for the poor quality of some of the photo's. They keep the tour moving, so I had to snap while I was walking.
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Postby songdog » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:48 am

Sounds facinating. The link doesn't work for me though.
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Postby panhead74 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:57 am

Sorry...

Try it now
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Postby allanlummox » Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:31 am

Cool.

I did the Martin factory tour over 20 years ago - back when they still did QC by sawing the defective guitars in half.
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Postby allanlummox » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:02 am

Image

(A little lapsed-Catholic huimor...)
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Postby songdog » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:53 am

Thanks for sharing Panhead. I like the clothes pins too!

I'd love to own a Martin but it's not in the budget right now. I had a good friend back in the early 80's that collected vintage Martins which gave me the opportunity to play several. Each one had a very unique feel and sound to it and that has always stuck with me.
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Postby grady » Mon Jun 12, 2006 6:35 am

I love my Martin JC-16WE
It's the best Acoustic Guitar I've owned.
(an, I've owned a LOT of 'em)
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:42 pm

allanlummox wrote:(A little lapsed-Catholic huimor...)
St. Martin?
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Postby allanlummox » Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:14 pm

St. Martin of Tours.

First thing I thought of when I saw the thread title.

A Roman soldier who converted to Christianity, the memorable bit of his story is that he once cut his cloak in half to give half to a beggar.
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:29 pm

Nice of him.
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Postby 1dustyeod » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:03 pm

Oh..... I thought he was opening his cloak and the guy was yelling "No No not again"... Some things never change.

I love my Martin too....

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Postby allanlummox » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:07 pm

I had a d-18 years ago, and it sounded great, but it wasn't really the guitar for Blues.
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Postby savage » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:29 pm

thanks for the pics panhead, thats purty neat. It's cool to see the different frames that have been developed over time.
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Postby 1dustyeod » Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:57 pm

Any guitar can be a blues guitar...... Just depends on who is playing it.

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Postby allanlummox » Tue Jun 13, 2006 6:13 pm

Yea. Whatever.

Anyway, this was a guitar that BOOMED in first position, but turned into crap on the higer notes.

I still had it when I aquired my little Gibson flat top, and the difference between the two was great enough that I sold the Martin to help finance a Fender Twin.

You can chop up vegetables with a switchblade, too, but I usually use a chef's knife for that.
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