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1935 Martin D-18 Comes Alive with Billy Strings

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by rand z, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. rand z

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    For Acoustic Guitar fans; for Martin Guitar Fans; for lover's of old guitars; for Bluegrass lover's...

    For all of us picker's who admire pure, young talent and good playing:

    ENJOY!







    He made that 80+ year old guitar, COME ALIVE!
     
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    I had the good fortune to play a 1935 D-18 once and I finally understood what all the fuss was about.
     
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    It’s still in stock (or one very like it) - a pal of mine was in Carters today and posted a photo of himself playing it. Then I saw your video a few minutes later!
     
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    I'm a big fan of Mr Strings. My band does a cover of one of his songs. Not as good as his though.
     
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    I just think it's very wonderful that an instrument (especially as a guitar/Martin lover) that old can still...

    ... really SING!


    And, I think it is so cool that a talented young Billy String's thinks that this old guitar is very wonderful, too!!!

    (If it's still at Carter's, I wish I had the $$$$$+ to buy it!!)
     
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    I really enjoy his playing.
    Such a talented fella.
    I do find his right ear lobe to be distracting.
    He must have had one of those big circle holes in at one time.
    Dangly.
     
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    Dig the train whistle at 3:00, right through to the end, and the look on his face hearing it.

    I really like Billy's playing, and this was no exception.

    The D18... WOW.
     
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    Great guitar with real strong fundamentals = sounds like a wonderful Martin. That guys playing ain’t bad either!
     
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    I just bought tix to see him this summer. First time I’ve ever bought tickets to a show just to see the opening act. The headliner I can honestly take or leave.
     
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    Heh, I certainly wouldn't want to follow his act...
     
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    So who was the headliner?
     
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    Yeah, he's terrific. Definitely someone I'd like to see live. Molly Tuttle is joining him on some of his 2020 tour dates. Now that would be something to see! Two of the youngest and two of the best. Both great singers, too.
     
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    Yep, I stumbled across one of his videos on Carter's YouTube a few months back. I scoffed at the name and thought, well kid, you damn well better live up to it if you are going to call yourself that. Did he ever!!!
     
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    He really makes that D-18 start to sing at 2:15 up to the train whistle.

    I don't think that I really believe life can minifest itself in inanimate objects (although the wood in this guitar was a live tree, at one time).

    But...

    I do believe that whoever owned this guitar, and it easily could have been many people, might have played it in a manner that bestowed/conditioned it to sound this good.

    MOJO?!

    Maybe?

    Anyway, Billy does bring out the best in this wonderful old guitar!!
     
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    Doggone - it's one of my favorites, but I just clicked on it at work and I HAD to listen to the whole video. Awesome:D
     
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    Wow. Billy Strings is the real deal.

    Looks like he's opening for Jason Isbell on the summer tour. Even if you don't like his music, his show is full of super cool guitars. Should be a feast for the eyes if not for the ears. I, for one, really dig Jason Isbell.
     
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    I've watched this video a few times now. Grinning...

    I can't remember now, exactly what music inspired me to get a D18GE, but let's just say it was this.
     
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    I bought my new D-18, 2 years ago... before this video.

    I played a lot of D-28's, HD-28's, a few D-35's and a lot of older and new D-18's.

    The new D-18's, IMO, were just awesome with the mahogany, the forward shifted scalloped bracing and the ebony fretboard.

    So I bought one and I'm very glad that I did.

    I recently bought a 2008 Gibson J-45. A really great guitar... and I love it; especially for playing along with solo singing!

    But, Martin just makes great guitar's.
     
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    Dayum! Just....Dayum! My 1939 D18 sounds that good, tonally, but the player (me) don't sound quite that good- by a loooooooooooooong shot!
     
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