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Stupid Martin

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by 3fngrs, May 1, 2021.

  1. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

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    It's back to the shop for my Martin. The neck reset lasted about 3-4 months. I'm going to keep taking this thing back until it's either fixed or replaced.

    This thing has been a piece of crap since I bought it, even for an acoustic. Way too much money for an instrument that has been mostly unplayable.

    I love playing acoustic guitar and I realize they aren't as stable as electrics but this is getting stupid.

    I expected a D-28 to be a dream come true but it's another nightmare. Shame, its such a great sounding guitar when it's not twisting itself into a pretzel.
     
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  2. Piotr

    Piotr Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Wow. Is that one of the new ones?
     
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  3. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Dang!! That sucks!
    Details please.
    D-28 stated already.
    What year?
    Purchased new?
    Who did the reset?
    Warranty work?
     
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    I hate finding out my hero’s are human.

    Few years ago after I got my Martin custom shop triple-0 28, the binding started too let go on one side of the back in the waist. Heart breaking.

    Folklore Centre in Halifax did an amazing job of fixing it, but never should have happened.

    Hope you find strumming satisfaction.
     
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    I bought my bride a Martin for Mother's Day about twenty years ago and the binding started pulling away on the lower bout after about five years...I glued it back on and all s good
     
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    Maybe go on on the UMGF forum and post there. Someone there might have some good advice for you.
     
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    I'm a big Martin fan. Years ago, I took one to Elderly and Joe told me that he used a wooden shim (Martin had used a plastic one) for the instrument's neck reset. Sooner or later they all settle down. On the other hand, I practically wore out my old D-28 beater (it needed a neck reset, refret, and bridge work) after 22 years. Ask for a new neck as long as it's going back to Martin.
     
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  8. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

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    2018 I think. Bought new.
     
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    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

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    "This thing has been a piece of crap since I bought it, even for an acoustic."

    Lol. I have a D15 with a slight intonation problem I can't get rid of. Even with lowering my expectations to the floor, I still hate playing it.
     
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  10. 985plowboy

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    I am curious about the warranty process. Are you sending it back to the factory to be worked on, or is Martin reimbursing a certified tech that is near you?
     
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    Where is the dislike button when you need it? Man, I’m sorry to hear this! I hope you get it sorted out.
     
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    Feel so sorry for you, is Martin offering to exchange it ?
     
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    I've had finish and binding issues with my OM 21 purchased new in '96.

    The finish started lifting/bubbling up in '02, so I took it to the factory to be repaired.

    I was told the turnaround time was about 6 months... it took 5 months.

    Last year the binding on between the bouts started coming loose and I took it to the factory, again.

    I was told 6 months turnaround and it took 6 months.

    There was no charge for either visit and the work was excellent.

    Ideally, an acoustic guitar should be stored in a temperature and humidity controlled environment.

    But, that's not always easy to control if you're traveling/moving around a lot.

    Or, live in a place where these conditions are extreme.

    Imo, it can have a detrimental effect on any acoustic instrument that is not built like a tank.

    So, I believe that it's the price one pays for a fine acoustic instrument.



    It does seem that Martin has developed some quality control issues in recent years.

    C F Martin IV, is turning over management to others and their name is NOT on the headstock.


    (Btw, granted it was very old... but, I once saw a Stradivarius that was well taken care of; however, becoming in questionable shape and in for repairs.)
     
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  14. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

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    Martin is reimbursing a certified tech. He is of high reputation.
     
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    That totally sucks. Maybe get it done again, and then move it on to a new home. When you spend that kind of money on a Martin, you have a certain expectation of build integrity. People like to slam Taylor for using computerized machines to produce critical parts of guitars, but their necks are easily reset. They are very consistent quality wise.
     
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    I recently traded my D35 for a LP Classic in part because it was not nice to play.

    Our talented local guitar tech could only do so much.
     
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  17. 3fngrs

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    I would not move this headache on. I'd destroy it before I'd sell it to someone else.
     
  18. 3fngrs

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    I already have a Les Paul Classic. :D It behaves pretty well. Easily adjusted when it drifts.
     
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    Joe Rocks!
     
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    This is not magic or mystery. If a reset neck needs another reset soon after, the reset was botched. Why blame the guitar?
     
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