The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #120402   Message #3068612
Posted By: Brian May
06-Jan-11 - 12:59 PM
Thread Name: Martin Factory Tour
Subject: RE: Martin Factory Tour
'Yes they are over priced'.

Based upon what?

When I bought my 000-28, I played every guitar in the 'expensive stuff' acoustic room - some 20 high quality guitars, Lowden, Taylors, Gibsons and other Martins.

Even with 'rusty' strings it stood head and shoulders above any other guitar there.

Interesting about folks' views on automation. My local luthier (who does guitars for Martin Simpson) says that in his opinion, the best guitars ever made are being made now - all makes, but particularly the 'better' end.

The handling and cutting out of the raw materials in terms of care, accuracy and construction is excellent and the 'hand crafted' bit is because human beings still do THAT better.

Also, never under rate the effect that a high quality instrument has on the player. I am now more interested and (judging by peers' and family comments) playing better than I ever have. That is as much my feelings about me - a sense of self worth which is a real fillip.

There is no feeling of guilt, only that over-used cliche from the TV advertising 'Because you're worth it'. I am, and it feels good.

Over priced ? No. Expensive ? Yes undoubtedly, but in this world, you usually get what you pay for.