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edwardofhuncote
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Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 818
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2016 - 4:41 am:   Edit Post

My other passion is vintage (and accurate vintage reproduction) guitars, especially those of C.F. Martin & Co... this is absolutely heartbreaking. At first it was so unthinkably outrageous, I thought it had to be a joke in very poor taste, but apparently is true.

https://reverb.com/blog/cf-martin-responds-to-the-destruction-of-145-year-old-guitar-on-hateful-eight-set

Accident or not, there's a lesson here. Martin seems to have learned it the hardest way imaginable.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 12044
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2016 - 8:11 pm:   Edit Post

Wow; "when you see that happen on the frame, Jenniferís reaction is genuine".

And, "the guitar was insured for its purchase price".
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2555
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2016 - 8:32 pm:   Edit Post

Certainly a shame, but why on Earth would the Martin Museum let that out the front door for anything except the Smithsonian or some other very secure exhibition? A movie set? Are you kidding me? At the very least, why didn't they have their own 'Guitar Wrangler' on the set to guarantee this could have never happened?

As I always say, There's No Bidness Like Show Bidness ! !

Joey
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 2459
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 07, 2016 - 2:10 am:   Edit Post

Yeah Joey, beats me why they would let a valuable music artefact such as that out in the first place!
It's like letting the Mona Lisa out of the Louvre so someone can photograph it....not!
edwardofhuncote
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Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 821
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Sunday, February 07, 2016 - 6:42 am:   Edit Post

I don't know either... just can't imagine them taking that kind of chance. On the other hand, I bet they never anticipated the script called for the guitar to be bashed to bits. Quite obviously that information didn't make it up the chain. Still seems unbelievable that nobody along the way thought to ask, "Hey, by the way, what are you going to use our guitar for?"

They are pretty generous in that Martin Museum though. If you catch the right day, you can sit and play a pre-WW II D-45, one of only 91 ever made, or any number of other fairly priceless old guitars from their storied history.

Maybe the saddest part of this travesty came to me yesterday afternoon - given the timeline, that guitar may very well have been among the last guitars made by the hand of C.F. Martin Sr. He died in 1873, right around the time it was built. Can you imagine how C.F. Martin IV feels about that right now?

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