Mike Longworth's classic book, Martin Guitars: a History, has recently been updated and is back on store shelves. The new edition, revised by Richard Johnston and Dick Boak, features updates for the last 15 years and expanded references from the Martin archives.
I have been a Martin lover, I should say coveter, since I only have a Little Martin LX1 w/spruce top, but I have put a bone saddle and pins and lowered the strings and it sounds a lot better than you would think from a 3/4 size guitar. I am looking at the 16 series martin, and after I sell a few guitars I will finally get the guitar I've always wanted, a Martin. Gary
Last replied by goldleaf on Sunday, 13 September 2009
I'm a drummer by profession but, I've been playing acoustic for about 4 years now and I just love it! I own a couple of inexpensive guitars and they are fine but, I really want to have a Martin when I grow up... well, OK, I AM grown up but, you know, I mean eventually. I've had a couple of guitar adventures lately, one of which is a Martin story. First of all, I was on tour recently and was extremely privileged to borrow our Toronto bass-player’s Martin 016 New Yorker circa 1962. It is a glorious instrument – such warmth and tone I don’t think I have experienced before. I’m extremely covetous of this instrument. Alas! He will never sell. Still, my 2 weeks or so with it were incredible.
Secondly, while we were in Montreal, I was able to visit the Fine Arts Museum and see Yoko Ono’s “Imagine” exhibit. It is all about John and Yoko’s Bed-in for Peace, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. While there, I was able to almost touch John’s Gibson J160E. It was in a glass case, mere inches from my fingers. So close! For a huge Beatles fan, it doesn't get much better.