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 Post subject: NGD!!!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2022 1:29 pm 
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Martin "X series" with Fishman electrics. Not as flashy or modded as some of the ones posted on this forum, but sometimes a guy just needs a guitar to sit by the fire pit and play "Kum ba yah" with. And IMO, this one fits the bill perfectly.


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 Post subject: Re: NGD!!!
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Purty!! What's the wood on the back, zebrawood?

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Oh wow, that’s sharp. I bet it sounds large.


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 Post subject: Re: NGD!!!
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duhvoodooman wrote:
Purty!! What's the wood on the back, zebrawood?


From the internet...
"Macassar Ebony, Diospyros celebica, is a very rare and desired exotic Ebony wood from Asia."
The back and sides are laminate, hence the 'under $1000.00' price tag. The neck has been plek'd, by Martin,
making it a very comfortable player.

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jimilee wrote:
Oh wow, that’s sharp. I bet it sounds large.


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The body is a 'Grand Performance' meaning that is slightly smaller and narrower than a dreadnought.
But it does have a beautiful tone. Another really nice feature is that there are no sharp edges on the body.
They have all been rounded over. I can literally play this for hours and feel no pressure points under my
arm or the top of my thigh.


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 Post subject: Re: NGD!!!
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Nice.

I'm pretty sure that the back and sides of the X series aren't wood...it's high pressure laminate, like Formica. So it's an image of wood printed on paper and laminated with other paper-ish stuff with resin under pressure. They're cool guitars. As Torres proved with his papier-mâché guitar, the back and sides don't add that much to the tone, and HPL guitars are basically impervious to the temperature and humidity problems that solid wood guitars have. They're perfect for the Kum ba yah situation that you described.

I built myself a guitar entirely out of Formica (including the top) to take on my sailboat, so that I don't have to worry about it getting weird in the marine environment. I leaned in to the Formica thing and used the "aqua boomerang" pattern like an old diner booth.

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Congrats, SteveO. Those Martin X series guitars are pretty fun, especially if you want to play outdoors in less than ideal temps. I borrowed one for a St. Patrick's Day parade gig once, and it worked great. And they have solid tone and playability too!

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