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#21 stoopid

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 04:07 PM

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View Poststoopid, on 27 July 2019 - 09:02 AM, said:

Well things aren't improving with the guitar.  Noticed the other day there's a crack on the back, exact mid seam near the neck end.  I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this before. Guess I'm playing this until that crack grows to the point it affects the sound and then moving on to another instrument.  This guitar is likely a victim of the cross country move, probably relied on the case too much to protect it and needed to take more precaution with it.  I'm a bit surprised just how thin the wood is on the body.  It's a light guitar but never made the connection as to *why* it's so light.

What could you have done differently? Stuff the case with towels or something? Is the guitar moving around inside the case when it's closed?

It was in the trunk of the car for 2600 miles. The trunk was fairly packed, and I'm pretty sure the acoustic case was on the bottom of at least another guitar or two, because I assumed the hard shell case was robust enough to support some additional weight.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 11:58 AM

View Poststoopid, on 05 August 2019 - 04:07 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 04 August 2019 - 12:35 PM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 27 July 2019 - 09:02 AM, said:

Well things aren't improving with the guitar.  Noticed the other day there's a crack on the back, exact mid seam near the neck end.  I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this before. Guess I'm playing this until that crack grows to the point it affects the sound and then moving on to another instrument.  This guitar is likely a victim of the cross country move, probably relied on the case too much to protect it and needed to take more precaution with it.  I'm a bit surprised just how thin the wood is on the body.  It's a light guitar but never made the connection as to *why* it's so light.

What could you have done differently? Stuff the case with towels or something? Is the guitar moving around inside the case when it's closed?

It was in the trunk of the car for 2600 miles. The trunk was fairly packed, and I'm pretty sure the acoustic case was on the bottom of at least another guitar or two, because I assumed the hard shell case was robust enough to support some additional weight.

I took my HD-28 on a road trip about a month ago, first time I’ve ever taken a guitar in the car for longer than a trip across town- and I got rear-ended on I-70. The guy was braking, but he was still going at a decent clip when he hit me.

The guitar was not in the trunk, though, I just had it in the back seat, in a hard shell case. It flew forward and the case smacked up against the interior of the car, between the front and rear door on the passenger’s side. But the guitar was fine.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:05 PM

View PostBlue J, on 07 August 2019 - 11:58 AM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 05 August 2019 - 04:07 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 04 August 2019 - 12:35 PM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 27 July 2019 - 09:02 AM, said:

Well things aren't improving with the guitar.  Noticed the other day there's a crack on the back, exact mid seam near the neck end.  I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this before. Guess I'm playing this until that crack grows to the point it affects the sound and then moving on to another instrument.  This guitar is likely a victim of the cross country move, probably relied on the case too much to protect it and needed to take more precaution with it.  I'm a bit surprised just how thin the wood is on the body.  It's a light guitar but never made the connection as to *why* it's so light.

What could you have done differently? Stuff the case with towels or something? Is the guitar moving around inside the case when it's closed?

It was in the trunk of the car for 2600 miles. The trunk was fairly packed, and I'm pretty sure the acoustic case was on the bottom of at least another guitar or two, because I assumed the hard shell case was robust enough to support some additional weight.

I took my HD-28 on a road trip about a month ago, first time I’ve ever taken a guitar in the car for longer than a trip across town- and I got rear-ended on I-70. The guy was braking, but he was still going at a decent clip when he hit me.

The guitar was not in the trunk, though, I just had it in the back seat, in a hard shell case. It flew forward and the case smacked up against the interior of the car, between the front and rear door on the passenger’s side. But the guitar was fine.

For $3,000 I'd hope it was better made than my $600 Martin.  :P

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:15 PM

Found a pic I took after packing the trunk (the acoustic case is nowhere in sight, which tells me it was fairly buried/had things stacked on top of it)...

https://www.dropbox....0 Car Trunk.jpg

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:28 PM

View Poststoopid, on 07 August 2019 - 12:05 PM, said:

View PostBlue J, on 07 August 2019 - 11:58 AM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 05 August 2019 - 04:07 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 04 August 2019 - 12:35 PM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 27 July 2019 - 09:02 AM, said:

Well things aren't improving with the guitar.  Noticed the other day there's a crack on the back, exact mid seam near the neck end.  I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this before. Guess I'm playing this until that crack grows to the point it affects the sound and then moving on to another instrument.  This guitar is likely a victim of the cross country move, probably relied on the case too much to protect it and needed to take more precaution with it.  I'm a bit surprised just how thin the wood is on the body.  It's a light guitar but never made the connection as to *why* it's so light.

What could you have done differently? Stuff the case with towels or something? Is the guitar moving around inside the case when it's closed?

It was in the trunk of the car for 2600 miles. The trunk was fairly packed, and I'm pretty sure the acoustic case was on the bottom of at least another guitar or two, because I assumed the hard shell case was robust enough to support some additional weight.

I took my HD-28 on a road trip about a month ago, first time I’ve ever taken a guitar in the car for longer than a trip across town- and I got rear-ended on I-70. The guy was braking, but he was still going at a decent clip when he hit me.

The guitar was not in the trunk, though, I just had it in the back seat, in a hard shell case. It flew forward and the case smacked up against the interior of the car, between the front and rear door on the passenger’s side. But the guitar was fine.

For $3,000 I'd hope it was better made than my $600 Martin.  :P

Hey, I used to have a $600 Martin, too. ;)

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 10:57 AM

View PostBlue J, on 07 August 2019 - 12:28 PM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 07 August 2019 - 12:05 PM, said:

View PostBlue J, on 07 August 2019 - 11:58 AM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 05 August 2019 - 04:07 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 04 August 2019 - 12:35 PM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 27 July 2019 - 09:02 AM, said:

Well things aren't improving with the guitar.  Noticed the other day there's a crack on the back, exact mid seam near the neck end.  I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this before. Guess I'm playing this until that crack grows to the point it affects the sound and then moving on to another instrument.  This guitar is likely a victim of the cross country move, probably relied on the case too much to protect it and needed to take more precaution with it.  I'm a bit surprised just how thin the wood is on the body.  It's a light guitar but never made the connection as to *why* it's so light.

What could you have done differently? Stuff the case with towels or something? Is the guitar moving around inside the case when it's closed?

It was in the trunk of the car for 2600 miles. The trunk was fairly packed, and I'm pretty sure the acoustic case was on the bottom of at least another guitar or two, because I assumed the hard shell case was robust enough to support some additional weight.

I took my HD-28 on a road trip about a month ago, first time I’ve ever taken a guitar in the car for longer than a trip across town- and I got rear-ended on I-70. The guy was braking, but he was still going at a decent clip when he hit me.

The guitar was not in the trunk, though, I just had it in the back seat, in a hard shell case. It flew forward and the case smacked up against the interior of the car, between the front and rear door on the passenger’s side. But the guitar was fine.

For $3,000 I'd hope it was better made than my $600 Martin.  :P

Hey, I used to have a $600 Martin, too. ;)

I think part of the problem here is my expectations of the Martin brand, disregarding the price point of the guitar itself (their equivalent of an entry level Martin).  For my needs at the time of purchase it is/was perfect, and still is.  But for travel/gigging I would have picked something a bit beefier.  I know this from the few years I was playing out, shit happens and having durable instruments or bomber carrying cases/lockers would be the best strategy.  I remember having a a super heavy bass (forget the brand) which weighed a ton, but was lugged around the city numerous times a week, knocked to the floor in crowded jam rooms, mistreated by other musicians, etc.  I always happily traded elegance and weight reduction for reliability.  But now that I'm only doing home recording, having just about anything is fine as it sits on its stand most of the time.  Sadly, the one time this guitar was taken out of my home since purchase was the one time it broke.

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 07:58 PM

View Poststoopid, on 08 August 2019 - 10:57 AM, said:

View PostBlue J, on 07 August 2019 - 12:28 PM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 07 August 2019 - 12:05 PM, said:

View PostBlue J, on 07 August 2019 - 11:58 AM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 05 August 2019 - 04:07 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 04 August 2019 - 12:35 PM, said:

View Poststoopid, on 27 July 2019 - 09:02 AM, said:

Well things aren't improving with the guitar.  Noticed the other day there's a crack on the back, exact mid seam near the neck end.  I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this before. Guess I'm playing this until that crack grows to the point it affects the sound and then moving on to another instrument.  This guitar is likely a victim of the cross country move, probably relied on the case too much to protect it and needed to take more precaution with it.  I'm a bit surprised just how thin the wood is on the body.  It's a light guitar but never made the connection as to *why* it's so light.

What could you have done differently? Stuff the case with towels or something? Is the guitar moving around inside the case when it's closed?

It was in the trunk of the car for 2600 miles. The trunk was fairly packed, and I'm pretty sure the acoustic case was on the bottom of at least another guitar or two, because I assumed the hard shell case was robust enough to support some additional weight.

I took my HD-28 on a road trip about a month ago, first time I’ve ever taken a guitar in the car for longer than a trip across town- and I got rear-ended on I-70. The guy was braking, but he was still going at a decent clip when he hit me.

The guitar was not in the trunk, though, I just had it in the back seat, in a hard shell case. It flew forward and the case smacked up against the interior of the car, between the front and rear door on the passenger’s side. But the guitar was fine.

For $3,000 I'd hope it was better made than my $600 Martin.  :P

Hey, I used to have a $600 Martin, too. ;)

I think part of the problem here is my expectations of the Martin brand, disregarding the price point of the guitar itself (their equivalent of an entry level Martin).  For my needs at the time of purchase it is/was perfect, and still is.  But for travel/gigging I would have picked something a bit beefier.  I know this from the few years I was playing out, shit happens and having durable instruments or bomber carrying cases/lockers would be the best strategy.  I remember having a a super heavy bass (forget the brand) which weighed a ton, but was lugged around the city numerous times a week, knocked to the floor in crowded jam rooms, mistreated by other musicians, etc.  I always happily traded elegance and weight reduction for reliability.  But now that I'm only doing home recording, having just about anything is fine as it sits on its stand most of the time.  Sadly, the one time this guitar was taken out of my home since purchase was the one time it broke.

I have only ever played acoustics, I’m just not interested in playing electric guitar, so that will tell you what my vatage point is- a heavy guitar, to me, would be like a Gibson SJ-200, or a Guild 512, hahaha (but I have had a Les Paul sling over my shoulder, and an ES-335, so yes, bottom line, I do know heavier guitars).

The lower-end Martin I had was the first guitar I ever bought, when I very first started playing guitar (I was 37 at the time)- it sounded great, to my ears. But granted, that was before I had ever played an all-wood Martin- I knew I didn’t want to spend that kind of money, and have a really high-end aclustic guitar, if I wasn’t going to stick with it.

But now, several years since then...I guess I’m just spoiled, I just love the sound of them, so much.

I’ve digressed from the original topic, sorry.




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