My Humble Acoustic Retraction
Just a few blog posts ago, I spoke of not personally holding much love for Martin guitars because I find them so plain in appearance…I believe I used the word “drab”. Well, due to an odd and unexpected turn of events, I’m now the proud owner of one such drab guitar.
It all began with a wedding. See I’m playing at my cousin’s wedding next week and have been thinking that I need a good 6-string acoustic for the songs we’re doing. I would’ve just used the Dean if it weren’t BRIGHT BLUE (although I guess it could’ve been the bride’s “something blue”???). So I thought, “Well, I’ll just jump on Craigslist and see if there happens to be a great deal out there.”
Low and behold, a guy was selling two really reasonably priced Martins. So I decided to take a look, figuring I could just resell it when I got back from the wedding if I didn’t care for it. The one I was initially interested in was a “like new” DX1RAE that actually looked halfway decent–for a Martin… It was also the more reasonably priced and I was set on pursuing it until I played it and found it’s fatal flaw. Now get a load of this: to change the battery on this Fishman preamp, you had to actually take the strings off and reach your hand way up in the guitar. No, thank you! I can imagine me playing at the wedding: “Oops, sorry folks, give me just a moment to take these strings off and we’ll be back up and running in no time!”
The other guitar was less attractive to me at first and had some pick damage on the front…the previous owner must’ve learned to strum from the devil, himself! Hard to see but you’ll notice a little below the pick guard in this picture (both sides of the sound hole received abuse, too):
But because of that bit of damage, I was able to get a great deal on it yesterday. I took it to worship practice last night and fell in love. It may be the best sounding acoustic I’ve ever played (plugged in through our system anyhow). And it feels great, too.
So I humbly retract my criticism of Martin guitars. I’ll just close my eyes and let this koa laminate version of the DCX1E carry me away to guitar paradise!
Do you have any favorite or least favorite guitar brands?
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