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Jake Wildwood
Mar-13-2016, 9:50pm
Finished this yesterday... light work (fret level/dress, cleaning, comp bridge, setup)... I'm liking these rosewood-backed Martins a bunch!

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billhay4
Mar-14-2016, 1:07pm
Nice, Jake.
Bill

Tavy
Mar-14-2016, 1:12pm
Nice one, like you I like that rosewood.

brunello97
Mar-14-2016, 8:16pm
Muy coolioso, Jake. I'm with you and John: I like the flatback / spruce / rw combination. Rarely have I been disappointed.

I had one of these Ditson / Martin Bs for awhile. It lacked the nice looking, so-called "volute" at the rear head-neck joint which I'm guessing was an older detail, right? I've got a '20 B with the volute in my files, but all the later ones are without. Could be a coincidence. Shows up on the better older bowlbacks, too.

Mick

Jake Wildwood
Mar-14-2016, 11:13pm
Pretty sure they were gone by the mid-20s at the latest and they shrink in size as they get there until they're gone. At least -- that's what I've noticed "from memory."

Ron McMillan
Mar-15-2016, 1:08am
That's a looker. The sound is lovely, too.

allenhopkins
Mar-19-2016, 12:38pm
Something timeless about that Martin design. I've a 1919 Style A, spruce/mahogany, though without the more intricate headstock. Sounds sweet and clear, immaculate work-person-ship, and it's an easy-playing, reliable mandolin. Affordable, too.

Frequently recommend Martins to those looking for flat-top, oval-hole instruments (though technically they're canted top). Martin made some really sweet mandolins and ukuleles, besides their iconic guitars.

fentonjames
Mar-19-2016, 12:55pm
nice mandolin!