Friend of Leo's
- Jul 31, 2012
- Spring TX
Sweet! Love my D18, went and put a new set of Elixir 10-47s on it tonight. Dayum, what a sound! Loud. bright and ringing. The neck on mine has never been reset, has no bowing issues, plays like my electrics, and has been worn smooth on the back by 83+ years of loving use- it's a delight to play. I have two mid-high end Taylors for playing out, an 815ce and an 816ce, both of which I love, but it's the old Martin that guarantees me eargasms.It was an R18 archtop. Yeah those V's are comfy. No adjustable trussrod in these, the neck was perfect after 75 years! That's what properly aged wood will do for you. That guitar had the lowest action of all my guitars including the electrics! Not very loud though, but wonderful to play sitting on the deck etc! (and not a flat radius like later Martins!)
The Martin and his older brother a 1933 A Style Mandolin.