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Have you bought a Martin or other guitar made during 2020?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by bottlenecker, Nov 6, 2020.

  1. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    I ordered this DSS-17 at the beginning of July, and just received it now. Anyone else have a guitar made during the slow down?
    I love the guitar, it's great. I doubt it is any different for the circumstances around it's manufacture, but I wonder if any others are? Will there be any stories about "covid guitars", or "pre-covid" once they're old?

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  2. Frodebro

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    I ordered this one in June 2019. It was originally scheduled to ship in March of this year, and that is when the lockdown hit and the PRS factory was shut down. It finally arrived in June.

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  3. JamesAM

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    I bought an es-335 in April- post Gibson bankruptcy and mid-covid. I had a ton of reservations about quality given all of that, but rolled the dice and luckily it’s been great.

    more importantly, how does that dss-17 sound?!?! I’ve been looking at one as a d-18 alternative for bluegrass. Will it flatpick? I hear it’s a cannon.
     
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    seeing a martin with gibson style shoulders just looks weird to me.
     
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    Corona is a tone virus. Hang onto that thing.
     
  6. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    It's loud, and strong bass. It's a little less sparkly up top, and a little more midrange. I think that's great for flatpicking, but I'm not sure how real bluegrass guys would feel. I'm a fan of old fiddle songs and early country, so I've played some bluegrass jams, but I'm just bluegrass-adjacent. Not a real bluegrass player.
    I've been switching between rhythm strumming, flat picking, and travis picking with just thumb pick, and with fingerpicks too. It all sounds great. For "elvis strumming" a D-28 is a little better sound, but this is close enough and can do a little of everything. Ragtime sounds good on it.
    For me this will replace a D-28 style guitar of mine that sounded great but fell apart, for recording rhythm. But I'm also looking forward to taking it to a bluegrass jam when they exist again.
     
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  7. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    It is weird. It's Martin's version of Gibson's version of a Martin.
     
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    I'm working on a partscaster, it'll be made during COVID.
     
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    I’m working on two, one was kind of planned; the other is accidental...

    No. 1 is a baritone that was meant to be a single pup solid body neck through made in sapele. Then I remembered a chunk of sycamore I had had lying around for years, so that was split and bookmatched and the guitar became semi-hollow with a sycamore top and a fancy sound hole - just because. But then I decided it would be difficult as a neck through so it became set neck. Which then meant I needed to add a neck pickup to hide the neck tenon...

    No 2 is the accident. While working on no1 I came across a pine Tele body I’d made years ago. The kids had decorated it - badly. So I sanded that back to bare wood. I had a bridge and pickup from an old Tele kit, found a cheap fleabay neck and voila we have an esquire in the makings...
     

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  10. Freeman Keller

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    I've built two and done threads about them.
     
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    I got this 1955 Les Paul Junior during lockdown. Its a tone monster!
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  12. Dukex

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    No, but I've bought four COVID mics. I hope nobody breathed on them. :D
     
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    I like that little baby!
     
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  14. bottlenecker

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    What mics? Were they built since march?
     
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    Just joking. All but one were used: Sennheiser e914, AT4041, Shure KSM137, Samar AL95 (new).
     
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    I ordered a Rickenbacker that had just arrived on on April 9th from MF. I had a sales guy that had taken care of me for a couple of years who knew I wanted one and told me I better order it right away. He gave me a smoking deal so I ordered it. He said it would ship that day. On Monday afternoon it still hadn’t shipped and he wasn’t answering his personal phone. I called customer service and they said the state had shut their warehouse FEF612FE-96D4-40D3-B8C7-8DB194A95F6F.jpeg down and my guy was no longer with the company. They said they wouldn’t charge me until it shipped but they couldn’t tell me if or when it would. Meanwhile the Ricky model”660” just disappeared from the web sight. I figured that was the end of that and my smoking deal. On the 20th I get a email saying they shipped it and it came on the 22. It’s a great guitar and I love but I would sure love to know the story behind my purchase!
     
  17. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    Are you looking to pick a winner from the three SDCs?
    How is the Samar?
    Recording any acoustic guitar?
     
  18. bottlenecker

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    Sounds like you got the last pre-covid 660.
    I was genuinely starting to worry Martin would drop the DSS-17 and I wouldn't get one.
     
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    I got a FSR Player Series Mustang bass in July. It has a MX20 date in the serial, so it might be a Covid guitar.

    Should I put a mask on it?

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    Now that you mention it, and even though I presently have no plans to purchase any gear, I would probably pass for now. I think everyone in one corner of their brain has something else on their mind than their work or craft. Just sayin'
     
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