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Thread #77051   Message #1928749
Posted By: Robin June
06-Jan-07 - 08:04 PM
Thread Name: Info reqd: Martin guitars
Subject: RE: Info reqd: Martin guitars
Re: I have been told that Martin are now making/part making their guitars in Asia. Is this correct? (Hope not)

The new Little Martins come from Mexico.

Back in 1990, I bought a new '89 Martin Shenandoah D12-2832 which was a 12 string with a Fishman 332 undersaddle pickup. Between the parts and the assembly, I forget which was done in Japan and which was done in Nazareth in an effort to save on costs. (It was an experiment by the Martin factory that ultimately didn't work.)

The Fishman pickup never worked reliably, and it only had a 1-year warranty instead of the Martin lifetime one on the rest of the guitar. Unfortunately, for the last month of that year it was stolen for the first time, and by the time I got it back, there was no fixing it for what I could afford.

The second time it was stolen it didn't come back, but by then I had insurance. I took my money and bought a standard D12-28. The sound was similar, the feel was definitely the same, but the soundboard was much whiter than the orange-finished Shenandoah's