A Martin D-28 fitted with... what!?

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  1. FrieAsABird

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    Hey, his shop ain’t called Normans Awesome Guitars, they just gotta be rare:whistling:
     
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    That’s an abomination
     
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    A banjo I saw a few years back...

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    For some reason, I didn't take a pic of the whole thing. The neck was just about perfect, skunk stripe and everything. The pot was from a cheap old kit-banjo...would have been better if it was Alder or Swamp Ash with some Fender styling cues, maybe a black pickguard...
     
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    Grip, people, get a grip!. It's quite well known that Merle Travis -- the guy who made Paul Bigsby famous -- asked Paul Bigsby to install an electric neck on his Martin acoustic, because he was so enamored with his Bigsby electrics. Most, if not all, Bigsby necks were made from Birdseye Maple. When other country players saw Merle's modified Martin, they had Bigsby put his necks on their Martins and Gibsons.

    Back then the guitars were decades away from being collectible icons, they were just guitars; there wasn't any commandment from on-high that proclaimed they were sacred relics that shouldn't be modified.
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    Let's not all forget who invented the strat headstock shape....
     
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    Now I understand the historical significance of this guitar, I'm far more accepting of it. My initial reaction was that it was someone's Franken-project. Perhaps it was, in a way, but one with one heck of a pedigree. What a shame Paul Bigsby didn't keep on building guitars, because he certainly started out right.
     
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    Paul Bigsby did a lot of Martin neck conversions in the early 50’s and a few Nashville country stars played them back then. This is a “reproduction” copy of one of those guitars to be sold new as a marketing gimmick.
     
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    Yes, and it wasn’t Paul Bigsby.
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    People gave Howard lots of stuff. I saw him play three guitars in my time with him. The Black heavily modified ES 150, theTele, and his Epiphone model.

    For sessions, he only brought the black Guitar and Tele.

    The Fusion model Gibson made didn't follow his specs. So he'd reluctantly play it live to generate sales so he could get the royalty.
     
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    the epiphone howard roberts looks so nice!
     
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    I know the story well. But Bigsby modified that headstock shape 95% of the way to what Leo wanted....
     
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    Bigsby didn't invent the single row headstock. It was invented by a Viennese instrument maker named Johann Georg Stauffer who also invented the worm geared metal tuning machine. The senior C F Martin was one of Stauffer's apprentices and later his factory manager so unsurprisingly the first Martin branded guitars were almost identical to Stauffer's guitars. Over the years Martin have produced several limited editions that featured the single row headstock.

    http://www.vintagemartin.com/stauffer.html
     
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    Yeah...Howard liked it for live work.
     
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    i'd feel trés chic sitting on a stage with that.
     
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    Yep. If I'm not mistaken, this is not the first time Martin did one of these. I'd never want one.

    Ahyup!
     
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    Merle is a bit of an acquired taste these days - I doubt his lyrics would make a hit with the PC crowd or the #metoo types or the #imoffended and karens from facebook.

    Which, ironically seems to be the reason to play his stuff. because of the butthurt karens and whingeing social-media klingons with no intestinal fortitude to actually have the conviction of their forebears.