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Old 11-05-2019, 04:42 PM
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I've owned three Martin Custom Shop guitars. D-35 Custom, D-42 Custom, and my current OOO-18GE Custom.

The first two took six months to build, the last one nine months. Long waits but it was worth it!

I've sold on the D-35 and D-42. While they were incredibly beautiful guitars their tone was just so-so to MY ears. My OOO-18GE, on the other hand, rocks the house. Here's what I ordered on the OOO-18GE Custom:

* Deep Body option (adds 1/2" depth to the body. Makes it sound like a dreadnaught)

* Full gloss, Mod V neck with 1 11/16" nut

* 1935 sunburst

* No runout on top (this is not an option they offer, but I've always requested it anyway and they've always delivered)

All three of my customs were ordered through Jon and Sharon at

GREAT folks to work with. I doubt any dealer out there understands the various custom offerings from Martin as well as Jon. He knows what works and what doesn't. His prices can't be beat either.
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Old 11-05-2019, 07:22 PM
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This subforum is after all called the "custom shop forum" so a Martin custom shop guitar sounds like it literally qualifies even though most of the guitars and guitar builds focused on by this subforum have been luthier made guitars and unlike them, a martin custom shop guitar is a factory made guitar with options able to be customised by the customer's choice.
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Old 11-05-2019, 07:58 PM
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Bring on that Adi-Koa 0000 12 fret slotted peghead beauty anytime!

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Old 11-05-2019, 09:14 PM
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Absolutely qualify, it is built by a separate custom shop team at the factory. I had one Martin Custom Shop before through Jon and Sharon and was very happy with the guitar when I got it.

But the only things is that - I didn't have a lot to contribute other than putting up a NGD thread. The whole process was quite a boring one. You can't choose a specific set of wood, you can't talk to the luthier on intricate things of the build, no progress photos. Basically order, then wait 6 months, no interaction in between.
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