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  •  C F Martin (3+ / 0-)
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    C F Martin Guitars.

    •  Heh (3+ / 0-)
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      Gibson is pissed that Martin is the leader in certifiable woods and makes better acoustic guitars.

      "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

      by Rolfyboy6 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 08:56:00 PM PDT

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      •  I remember long ago reading that Martin had (4+ / 0-)
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        a warehouse full of rosewood, in anticipation of future shortages.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:03:38 PM PDT

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        •  The 1975 D-35 (0+ / 0-)

          of which I have one has a three-piece back combined Brazilan rosewood / Indian Rosewood specifically because Brazil embargoed export of logs large enough to make full-size backs. Martin has been in the forefront of environmental awareness for many years. I grew up only about 50 miles from the factory in nazareth, PA.  For years good Brazilian rosewood has been so scarce that people (luthiers) would go to antique / second hand stores and buy furniture from the 30s to use the wood....even that supply has largely dried up...

          Of course, those are the same kind of Luthiers who would go to Canada or Alaska and choose a particular spruce and supervise the custom sawing to get the quality of Sitka Spruce for guitar tops they wanted... we have our share of purists and fanatics....

          Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

          by blindcynic on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 02:14:43 PM PDT

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