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Flametop Friday!!!

renderit

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'34 Golden Era Adirondack D18
P.S. - I always hated Martins burst.
P.P.S - but it sounds fantabulous.
P.P.P.S - Grain is perfect for an Adirondack above and below.
P.P.P.P.S - So crate away.

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Now back to your regularly scheduled program...
 

Wilko

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I know tight grain has been preferred by most. Wide grain can mean a lighter top, which can translate into more volume--if spongy even with more "flex". As always, play the thing and see if you like it!

My guitar pictured is a '77 D-28. Not the best period for Martin, though it's a killer guitar with a great benchmark tone. These can be louder as the tops are braced real stiff for a nice flat response that makes them what they are. Some scallop these to get more volume. I may do a light scallop.
 

renderit

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Ren that's a beauty of a D-18 for sure . I bet she sounds like a sweet million bucks ?
She IS sweet!

Funny thing, she sat for a couple of years unsold at a Guitar Center.

First year in the storage room, then hung out on a rack in the quiet room.

Strings were dead.

The guy changed them the day before I walked in and it just spoke to me.

AND they discounted the hell outta it.

I am guessing because they never really wanted to make money.
 

Greywolf

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The knaggs is sublime. I have 4 soapbars 2 PRS McCarty's and a CS LP Special The Knaggs edges the others out with the little things like perfect neck carve and feel , action and of course tone. it can be subtle jazz to rockin ... the "J" is the stripped down all mahogany version .. .
 

El Gringo

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She IS sweet!

Funny thing, she sat for a couple of years unsold at a Guitar Center.

First year in the storage room, then hung out on a rack in the quiet room.

Strings were dead.

The guy changed them the day before I walked in and it just spoke to me.

AND they discounted the hell outta it.

I am guessing because they never really wanted to make money.
Goes to show you that you never know what one will find on any random day in of all places good ole GC . Mega cool story for sure . Martin D-18 -killer !!!!!!!!
 

Greywolf

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a little spanish cedar cored semi hollow with pretty top and back , 24 fret maple/ ebony neck through 12" radius Harmonic Design Z90 pickups I made for Carly 29315017_10156571186652871_5861782347812175872_n.jpg
 

Greywolf

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oh yes , during the build,,cedar core.jpg1  7 17 6 coats of brushed.jpg
 

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pdfiddler

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'34 Golden Era Adirondack D18
P.S. - I always hated Martins burst.
P.P.S - but it sounds fantabulous.
P.P.P.S - Grain is perfect for an Adirondack above and below.
P.P.P.P.S - So crate away.

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Now back to your regularly scheduled program...
I have owned this model and I have a 2006 D-18 Authentic now and they are fantastic guitars and you were lucky to find that one.
 

poor man's burst

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Sounds like a good project for you to keep yourself busy. Go for it!
Having spent more than the last 30 years as a luthier (on guitars) by trade, I tend to consider I've done my fair share of "my own research" on that matter, although still in progress. But thanks for the suggestion.
 
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bursty

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Gone but not forgotten ....... an extremely rare, now 45 years old, 1978 FLG-80VG in 100% original condition

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nearly every photo I have of this rare gem is showing "the uploaded file is too large" when I try to post the picture files :(

there's 100 ways to skin a cat, I suppose ............

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