I think these numbers are a HUGE lowball. Check with people who really know. Gruhn Guitars, Mandolin Bros...I'm not a dealer, just trying to give a ball park, real world price.
I'll stick by those numbers.
I think these numbers are a HUGE lowball. Check with people who really know. Gruhn Guitars, Mandolin Bros...
If it were my guitar to sell I would NEVER let it go for these prices, real world or not. I would sit on it and watch it appreciate!!!
But there are alot of detals missing which George Gruhn will help you clarify.
Have to agree. Look at Steve Swan's website and call him, too - I was just at his place and he has a few 40's and 50's D-28's in stock so you can check prices. Low 5 digits sounds a lot more realistic vs. $7,500.
And as for Post-War Martins - yes, there is a price drop off, but they have their own reputations for greatness. Pre-war Martins with the scalloped braces and forward-X bracing have a more bell-like fundamental in the tone - excellent for certain types of playing. Mid-40's through '48, to my knowledge, have tapered braces - still sculpted but designed to take a bit heavier-gauged string (which is why Martin strengthened the bracing and moved the X back a bit - to handle the higher tension). These guitars are known for having a lot more "cut" vs. the pre-wars, so they stand out in a mix, especially for lead work. In '49 they went to straight / untapered bracing - and again tone was affected; there are fans of this tighter tonality, too...
Do some research and get a feel for how your playing style lines up with the different feature combo's...I have a '48 D-18 that is, to me, the Telecaster of acoustics - articulate, responsive, versatile.
Steve Swan - great inventory - but who is he?
Awesome - was it the one with the 4-piece Adi top? I *loved* that guitar!Well, to wrap this up, I wound up buying a 46 D-18 from Steve Swan and I couldn't be happier. He talked me through a lot of options and gave generously of his time and information. I decided that the tapered bracing of 45-47 was really more for me than the scalloped of pre-45 or the straight bracing of post-47ish. I was right, the guitar sounds amazing to my ears. I didn't even know of the tapered bracing that Martin used for those couple of years, and to me it gives me the right amount of balance I was looking for.
FYI - Steve Swan is a great guy to deal with. Located in Burlingame , CA, but he will ship anyway with time to review your purchase. Very cool!