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March 2021 Blog Posts (2)

Got a beat up old Martin I'd like to fix for a player guitar

Howdy Folks,

My 1st post here. My story is that a friend of mine gave me an old Martin that someone gave him when he was 17. He's nearly 90 now so it was awhile back. We drove down to Gryphon last summer to have Frank and Richard evaluate this guitar and they concluded it was a 1906 0-30.

As you can see it's very beatup. Sorry about the picture size and shooting from the bathroom.

Somebody sanded the original finish off the top. My friend when to a…

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Added by DAVID BURNS on March 19, 2021 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Compression fretting with Bar Frets

Hi folks,

I recently acquired an early Martin, possibly a model 17, somewhere around 1867 thru 1889. No serial number but stamped on the inside back brace and just below the ice cream cone style heel, Martin and Co New York. It has bar frets, as you would imagine. The action is pretty bad, about 11/64 at the 12th fret. Rather than have to mess with a…

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Added by Nathan Peirson on March 1, 2021 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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