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yet another guitar thread

MAG 09 Dec 11 - 08:56 PM
GUEST,Roger Knowles 10 Dec 11 - 05:41 AM
Big Al Whittle 10 Dec 11 - 08:02 AM
Dave the Gnome 10 Dec 11 - 11:44 AM
GUEST 10 Dec 11 - 11:50 AM
MAG 10 Dec 11 - 11:57 AM
Brian May 11 Dec 11 - 04:45 AM
GUEST,Roger Knowles 11 Dec 11 - 05:04 AM
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Subject: yet another guitar thread
From: MAG
Date: 09 Dec 11 - 08:56 PM

A local resale shop has a Martin backpacker guitar. They want $165 for it. How can I tell, without restringing, if it's playable. Neck is not bowed; no visible damage.

If I foolishly buy a portable guitar, I will have officially come down w/ Guitar Acquisition Syndrome. Especially since I wracked up my wrist and can't play at present.


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Subject: RE: yet another guitar thread
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 05:41 AM

Can't answer the playable question without trying it.
They are, however, little more than a largish dulcimer for tone, volume, and playable fun. I speak as a previous owner of one ( yes, GAS get's me too).
I sold mine, and it's the only Martin out of four that I have disposed of.
Hope this helps,
Roger


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Subject: RE: yet another guitar thread
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 08:02 AM

ask yourself - am I a backpacker? Would such an item grace my life? Would it involve any members of the family going hungry?


If in spite of this, you still want it. Go for it. We go this way but once.

may all your earthly desires be so easily satisfied!


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Subject: RE: yet another guitar thread
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 11:44 AM

If you didn't know that you use strings on guitars, not threads, then I would recommend you take up something else!

:D tG


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Subject: RE: yet another guitar thread
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 11:50 AM

i don't backpack but i camp a lot :)

have decided against it, as right now i need the cash more than the thrill of acquisition


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Subject: RE: yet another guitar thread
From: MAG
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 11:57 AM

(sorry, that was me; cookie out)


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Subject: RE: yet another guitar thread
From: Brian May
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 04:45 AM

Preparing for 'incoming' but I've always thought the Backpacker' to be the most sorry excuse for a guitar - let alone a Martin.

I found it completely unbalanced and the best possible reason to carry an iPod.

Now taking cover - I'd rather carry a beater Yamaha, far better solution


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Subject: RE: yet another guitar thread
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 05:04 AM

Brian May tells it correctly. I stand by his opinion. Gotta a repaired Tanglewood for campsites etc.


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