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Brian D
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:24 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

When I get home I plan on celebrating by buying me one of these. But which one? On the left, Martin D45V (Vintage construction). This is based off the original design from 1933 ~ 1939. On the right, Martin D45 (standard construction). It is based off the design after 1942. They have one more, a D45 Authentic 1942 which is built based off of the 1942 model that is in their museum.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:10 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

The one that costs less, silly!


Well, that was easy. Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:34 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Brian, ideally play both and see which one you mesh with. It's a major investment so I'd do whatever necessary to make sure I'm going to like whichever I'd pick.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:45 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

ElfDude, the one in the middle is the cheapest. d'oh!

Yeah, I do need to play them both. I have played to one on the right and was totally impressed. Maybe it was the price tag that was impressive, but I still liked the sound. The one on the left is the same model with some different appointments and some slight interior differences. But both are top of the line Martins.

Wish Carvin would make a guitar like one of these.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:13 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Brian D wrote:
ElfDude, the one in the middle is the cheapest. d'oh!


I thought that I was the cheapest! Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:54 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Any will be awesome acoustics...
I would settle on which model I wanted, then find a few different guitars of the same model to narrow it down... They're all going to be slightly (and sometimes very much) different in tone, action, and overall construction... such is: wood & steel... Most of the folks I know that by the upper side of Martin's guitars go to Nazareth, Pa. and play several models and pick from there... not exactly sure how that works... guess Ya still have to purchase through a/the dealer, but you get many options to choose from.
Yer gonna get a great guitar for sure!!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:44 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

On all the D-xx models starting from the D-28 on up, the guitar is exactly the same. The bracing, fretboard, neck, head, top, side and back. All the same. The high end D-45 is no different than the D-28. The only thing that separates then is the appointments. The D-45 if flourishing with fine details and the name on the head plate is different. As the models go down in number, the appointments become less. There is one exception, and that is the D-35 which has a three piece back.

I think going to Nazareth might be a little to far, but you are right. Just need to find a store that has several different high end models.

By the way, this is a present to myself for working hard all these years and staying alive. It is the ultimate music machine that I have wanted since I saw Still playing one. That was a long time ago.

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