Back around 2005-2006 I bought a Breedlove guitar that became my partner in crime for over ten years. I beat it up regularly – sometimes as much as 8 hours a day – and went through countless sets of strings, picks, and fingernails with it. It was re-fretted (frets pulled out and replaced) twice and the divots in the neck have been filled and sanded flat again. It was the primary sound source for almost 1000 performances, not to mention the main axe used during thousands of guitar lessons.
Despite my tenure with this guitar, I had always wanted a “great” guitar. Not that the Breedlove isn’t great, it just wasn’t what I’d hankered for. About two weeks ago I stumbled into Marty in the Olde Towne Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, CO. He was in there on consignment and was looking down on me while I was playing a bunch of guitars around him. Something (maybe the glean of his shiny face) finally caught my attention and I pulled him off the rack and started playing. I really couldn’t believe it – he had every quality I was looking for – a reputable brand, cutaway, rosewood sides and back, solid spruce top, ebony fingerboard, jumbo (000) body size, fantastic condition (for being 17 years old) and the price was amazingly affordable. Marty is officially a Special Edition Martin SPJC-16RE, born in 2000.
What’s a guitar player to do? Well, buy another guitar of course. So… long story longer – Marty came home with me that day. I plugged him into the PA and spent Friday night getting acquainted – then took him to his first gig on Saturday night. Those that were there (and heard me before) all claimed that I never sounded better! Whoa.
So Marty is now the main player in my band (The Ghost Boys) and he can’t wait to meet you. I’ve included a picture so you will recognize him when you see him. He’s ready for action. He sounds great. As for the Breedlove? Thanks for the memories… as of now she comes along as a backup, but truthfully I’d like to see someone else give her the attention she deserves. Let me know if you’re interested.