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Thread #139992   Message #3217221
Posted By: Rob Naylor
02-Sep-11 - 03:13 PM
Thread Name: Buying a new Martin guitar
Subject: RE: Buying a new Martin guitar
Woodsie, Hi there man...don't spend all that pay-off at once: it's amazing how quickly it evaporates :-)

Great advice from many...in paerticvular from Will Fly and Richard Bridge.

The Martin I used to bring to Seven Stars is very similar to Will fly's and although the back and sides are HLP, the soundboard is spruce. It's correct that it won't "open up" with age, but it's a perfectly decent guitar.

The Ian Chisholm I bring to Seven Stars on the few occasions I can now get there is superb. I believe it was under your originally stated max price when new ( I bought it second-hand) and for a custom-made hand-built jobbie with cocobolo back and sides and a spruce top I'd say it was a value that couldn't be beat...you might want to consider asking Ianto quote for making you one. His lead-time is a few months but it's much shorter than some of the more "known" names. I've played 4 of the guitars he's made now and they're ALL, without exception, superb:
Ian Chisholm

And here's Ian and Will taking my guitar for a "run" before it became mine:

My Chisholm Guitar No 30

It's truly worth having a word with Ian if you have 1500 to spend on a guitar!