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

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  1. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    One reason I asked is I'm curious if it's that, or the opposite. The slowdown might relax expectations, and workers. I've had to work through this whole thing, and I'm making very good stuff.
    I have zero complaints about this Martin I bought.
    It's been a hard time, but art, and I think maybe craftsmanship, often defy hard times.
     
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    I ordered a Fender Custom Shop P-bass in July and should get it in April. Hopefully it is sterile.

    Cool Martin. I thought they were shut down?
     
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  3. bottlenecker

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    I believe they did initially, but then reopened at a much lower capacity.
    I think I'm fortunate to get one of these.
     
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    Send your guitars to a lab so they can check for viruses in the glue.
     
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    Fender Bassbreaker-ish.
     
  6. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    Ugh. No.
     
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    You make a good point. I have been building a sunken attached greenhouse this summer and I have never been more relaxed and accurate building a structure. Perhaps the focus away from other events helped me perform my skills better.
     
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    I bought a 2020 D-18 on the last day of September. The new (since 2012) standard series are really great guitars. I'm looking for this thing to get me through a long dark winter that I'm dreading.
     
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  9. bottlenecker

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    Do you have it yet, or are you waiting for it?
     
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    Not looking for a winner, just wanted some good SDCs to complement my Oktava MC012 and MXL 603s. I have four very different acoustics, and I like variety.

    Will receive the Samar tomorrow. Guitar cabs, vocals, acoustic.

    Haven't recorded in 20 years (60 hour workweeks depleted me). But I have written 30+ songs (lyrics + melody). Now retired:)I have the time and energy to arrange and record them.

    Also before recording, I have get my both my acoustic and electric guitar chops back up to average, LOL, then start messing with all of my mics (have three nice LDCs as well) and two preamps (Sebatron vmp2000 + Great River MP).

    Lots of fun work ahead of me.:D:eek:
     
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    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    What LDCs? I hadn't heard of the Samar or those preamps, so you seem to be onto some stuff I don't know about.
    I'm using a miktek mk300 and a GAP pre73 as my best pairing right now.
     
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    I have the following LDCs:

    797 Audio CR998 multipattern tube mic. Circa 1998
    3U Audio CM1 Teal
    3U Audio Warbler MKII

    I think 797 Audio still makes mics and capsules for a lot of companies importing into the USA.

    3U Audio is fairly new. They are an Australian company whose mics are made in China. No cheap components. No OEM or rebadged stuff. Guosheng Zhuang is the designer/owner. His mics use top quality components like Wima and Panasonic caps, Fairchild or Toshiba FETs, Dale resistors, and custom designed/made capsules that have already garnered them a great reputation.

    There's a great big thread over at Gearslutz talking about his mics. 200+ pages, 6,000+ posts. It's a very worthwhile read.

    The Sebatrons are wonderful tube preamps that are still available. Also designed and made in Australia. Soundpure has a great video of the four channel version.

    The Great River MP is one of Dan Kennedy's earlier (cleaner) models. They're still out there but hard to find. I paid $800 for mine. Absolute steal IMO.

    Good luck and have fun!
     
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    I bought two. In June I purchased a Gibson SG Special in Pehlam Blue and last month a Gibson Les Paul Standard 60s version that was made in September. Those are my only electric guitars that I own.
     
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    Update:
    I still don't know if the tuning machines work, because I haven't turned one yet. It was in tune out of the fedex box, and 11 days later it still sounds perfectly in tune with itself. I haven't checked it against a reference pitch, but to itself, it is perfect. I've played it for less than an hour most days, but I can't believe I haven't tweaked a single string even once. Especially for such a lightly built guitar. I'd say they built it right.

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    I’m a huge Martin fan and player. Oddly the only Covid guitar purchase for me is the new Gibson J45 Studio.

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    Nice. Is that a walnut back?
     
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    I received the guitar after a few days. It was in another store across the state.

    I had a set up done and added a K&K, and I'm thrilled with it.
     
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    Not bought any...used the time to finish a few builds...re finished a 3/4 flamenco...and rediscovered my love of singing outside with 12 string...
    was singing "halfway to paradise" when a bloke i know walked over and said "you wanna be careful mate....sounds like youve gone and caught CroonerVirus"
    i did point out that the sarcasm wasnt becoming..that it would hold him back in life...even more than his lazy eye
     
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    So far, a cheap classical to bash around on, a Collings D2H and a Taylor 317.

    I may have a problem.
     
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    Yes it's Walnut.
     
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