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Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Cooper Black, Jan 12, 2014.
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kind of interesting, just watched it (we watch that show when we get up on sundays)
they didn't get very good recordings of the guitars... the sebastian signature model sounded really thin and plinky...
the coolest part was when he played the 1831 guitar... you could hear cowboys... it was pretty mind blowing for me...
Saw it earlier. Interesting that one of the first Martins had a 6 tuner on one side "Strat" HS.
Here's the segment:
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One of the oldest family owned biz's in the US (Yeungling Beer is another). Being a guitarist who owns 4 Martin's, and of German heritage and a native Central Pennsylvanian, I'm very proud of these family, locally owned businesses! It's nice that they had John Sebastian and Chris Martin in the segment. And, even better that the guitars are on display in NY!!! An acoustic guitarist's dream!! Love CBS Sunday Morning!!!!
I think the Sebastian sig is actually a little thin and plinky. He seems to like it that way.
Have you ever taken the factory tour? You'd love it if you haven't been. Worth the trip. I go once a year.
Thanks for posting that. I enjoyed it very much.
I think koa aficionados would call it "bright", rather than thin and plinky.
Sounded terrible to me! But, he seemed to like the very qualities I don't, so go figure.
It also sells for like $6K.
Those Stauffer headstocks, as the segment pointed out, were extremely common in Europe. They were developed in the early 1800s in Vienna. C.F. Marin was actually employed by the instrument builder Johann Stauffer before he migrated to the United States in 1833.
When properly mic'ed his signature Martin D sounds pretty darn fine to me!
Sunday Morning may be the best show on TV. Watch it whenever I can.
I agree with the comments about the Sebastian guitar sounding very dry, but koa is it's own thing as is mahogany and rosewood. He liked it and thinking about it, he's always had a dry sound on his recordings. Playing that old 34, was awesome. I'd like to have 15 minutes with that baby.
Chris Martin saying that he's glad he wasn't born into a family of accordion makers made me smile because I'm glad that he wasn't either!!
I would be glad to have been born into any family that ran a multi-million dollar business.
Thanks for sharing. This doesn't help my acoustic GAS.
Nothing like sipping on a Yeungling while strumming on the Martin!!
Gonna have to make a border run soon as I'm running out of beer!
I concur, but lately my Martin hasn't been out of its case, usurped by a Gibson Songwriter. The Yeungling remains the same, though. (The bock just came out. Grab some while it lasts. Good stuff.)
Unfortunately, I live in Ontario and have to make trips over the border to be able to get the stuff. We usually go down to Grove city or Pittsburg a few times a year and I pick up a case or two each time. I have to check out some of their other beers next time.
Guess I'm going to the Met soon. I'll send a report on the exhibition. Interesting how they attributed MTV with a resurgence of acoustic guitar sales in the late 80s through today.
I saw the CBS Martin piece and could not help but think "How do you do a Martin guitars piece and NOT feature a D-28 or D-18?!" These guitars (nothing against EC's 000-28 or 000-45) are the standards for the most popular/toneful guitars ever made, still the benchmarks, IMO, were not even mentioned! Ingorance by omission!
The Sebastian Sig model (did you see that very non-trad Martin logo on the headstock?) while very nice ( too 'new-strings bright' for me, and expensive too) might as well have been custom Taylor- I guess I'm too traditional...
Should have had Neil Young or Steve Stills on there!