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    They're pictures of real Martins, but that's where reality stops.
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    I'm sure its real, after all, its posted on the internet. Probably in one of those undiscovered tubes.
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    It is the real thing. Many people prefer C.F. Martin to the much more reasonably priced Martin guitar.

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    Aye, it's a real great way to lose your $90!!
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    Thanks, guys! I need to remember scamdoc.com. You think it's about getting the $90 or the credit card info?

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    If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

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    I kinda sorta fell for one of these once upon a time and "bought" an electric oud. I guess I figured, why would anyone bother to fake something that not very many people want? I used PayPal, so when no oud was shipped after a few weeks, it was easy to file a claim and get the money back.
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    And then one day a genuine Martin 000-28 magically showed up for $90.00. I wouldn't even bother getting involved with this one and I take stupid chances on things all the time.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Reminds me of the 1970’s, no one had any money.
    No work, not much hope.
    Problem was that every now and then a company would go bust or get robbed, or someone would get mugged and these deals actually would turn up the high street.
    People would end up hoping for that.

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    About six months ago a friend of mine ordered a copy of a Martin D45 (minus the Martin Logo)from a builder in China. It turned out to be beautifully built, and it sounded good. We took it over to another friend who has a couple of genuine D-45's and compared it for build and tone qualities. It was very hard to tell the difference between them. I think he paid about $350 for it (not $90), but given that a real D-45 runs about $10K, it was a remarkable deal for a nice guitar. It is interesting to note that the friend with the genuine D-45's ordered one for himself, after playing the Chinese copy. Recent trade deals with China have suspended the import of these guitars, which is probably a good thing, given the current Covid-19 circumstances.

    Not sure how this relates to this thread, but I thought it is an interesting story, and it supports the idea that not all Asian made instruments are of lower quality.

    My Eastman 305 is a very well constructed instrument with good tone and playability.

    Does this mean that a $90 Martin copy is any good....who knows.
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    The descriptions and pictures of these guitars are straight off Martin's site. I don't think they are selling copies, I think they are selling "give me your credit card".
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    There will be a buyer's market for everything when covid 19 is finally over.
    There are also deals to be had now. I just bought a Martin Custom D with 36 months 0% financing for 36 months. That's $25 per month

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