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GUEST,Pete Peterson Why are Martin Guitars so expensive? (284* d) RE: Why are Martin Guitars so expensive? 10 Oct 05

There's several questions, all conflated here.
1) Are new Martin guitars worth the asking price?
2) Are there other NEW guitars offering a better tone for the money?
3) Is there anything out there as good as an old Martin?

to #1 and 2-- WHICH new Martin? They offer such a bewildering assortment of models that if what you "want" is to play something with a Martin label, you can get it, and it won't be (IMHO) as good a guitar as some others out there at the same price.

to #3: Again IMHO-- the Martins of 1920-1945 can't be beat. You can expect trouble every time you put a capo on and need to retune all six strings to get back in tune, but it's worth the effort if you're going to record with it. If you're doing a gig, it's probably a good idea to have a newer guitar which will have good intonation when capoed. I can think of several old time musicians (Tracy Schwarz, Kay Justice, others) who use a Taylor at gigs for just that reason.

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