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Anonny Mouse A Surfeit of Martins? (89* d) RE: A Surfeit of Martins? 26 Feb 06

This kinda puts me in mind of the fun we used to have as kids arguin' over Chevy vs. Ford vs. Dodge etc. Hey Martin--I was actually at a bluegrass fest in Pa. a coupla years back and DID spot some Taylors! Go figger. But yer right--the vast majority of players got them big ol' "D's" slung 'round their necks. Thing is, I like a buncha guitars for their own unique sound. Bob Taylor'll tell ya he ain't building Martins or going for a Martin sound-and Chris Martin IV will tell ya the same thing about HIS guitars-not trying to imitate Taylors--and like it or not, I think the competition's been good for BOTH companies-and Martin's using about as much CNC and automation now as they used to complain about Taylor--and making some of the best guitars out there.

I find there are things I like about Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Larrivee, Tacoma (which I guess Fender's bought along with Guild and rolled them both into the old Tacoma plant) Lowden, Goodall, even Rainsong! I also think pissing contests on who's is best is pretty worthless since its a real subjective thing--like folks who prefer a Steinway to a Baldwin or favor Yamaha or Kawai in pianos. Each have a kinda signature sound-so your "soulless" is someone else's "pure" y'know? AND I betch you'd defend to the death yer favs--MARTIN, GIBSON--am I right or what? But I'll give ya this much without getting into specifics of what I like about all those brands I named (waaaaaay tooooo loooong!!!)-that "1833" has earned Martin a lot of cache, cred and CASH! I say buy yerself a guitar YOU like the sound of, playability of, workmanship of, and wood combos--and maybe once you've done THAT, worry about whose name's on the headstock...I've played clunkers in all the brands I mentioned...and others I'd give anything to own myself if I had the money!

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