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Guitar test — Martin CSN (Gerry Tolman Tribute)

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Guitar test — Martin CSN (Gerry Tolman Tribute)

This is the last tested guitar on my journey through wonderful instruments in a local music store. The Martin CSN (Gerry Tolman Tribute Edition). The model is David Crosby's, Stephen Stills' and Graham Nash's honor to Gerry Tolman’s Memory.

Martin hompage states:

For 20 years, Gerry Tolman was the behind-the-scenes heart and soul of Crosby, Stills & Nash. He took over management of the group during a very difficult time and enabled it to reclaim its reputation and re-emerge as a major force in popular music. [...] He also managed the solo careers of Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, helping both showcase their musical identities independent of the band. [...] He was a very special guy and a true gentleman, and he died much too soon, killed in a car accident in California on New Year’s Eve, 2005.

- Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
- Back and side material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Martins list price: $5199.00
- Martins presentation: http//www.martinguitar.com/...


My impression:

- Some guitars you have to GIVE energy and concentration in order to sort of "push" it forwards. Other, better guitars, are just cool and and works fine. This guitar GIVES energy to the player. Very inspiring. Triggered my fantasy in a good direction. Didn't want to stop playing. Feels like it makes you a better player than you were before. The very best guitar I ever held and played.


Comment on the recording:

- The guy who manages the acoustic guitars in the shop, let me into an office room to test it — a much more quiet envirnment. Thus this guitar is given a better chance than the other I have tested, but even without that it would be the winner without comparison.

- I have slightly lowered the bass around 150Hz, as I feel dreadnought guitars often need, so even this one. All else is straight how the Zoom took it.
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Re-al said 3619 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
Great playing!

Beautiful tone, could listen to this all day and night. Very well recorded too; really shows off your fantastic playing. Far, far too short!

Thanks for the download - straight on the iPod!

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Feter said 3619 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
Martin CSN
This guitar is magic .... no comment ....speechless !!!!
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Cori Ander said 3619 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
thought you were going to dig this one .. I've heard from what you've written that you kind of understand these masterpieces .. glad you found it!
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bud said 3619 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
Great playing - amazing sounding guitar
from your account and what I'm hearing off the Zoom. Taking my daughter to college tomorrow in Portland, Oregon and have lined up a trip to Artichoke music to buy her her first own guitar. She's been playing my 1970 Martin D18 till now.
Looking into various Godin's for her.
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Feter said 3619 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
Godin !
Maybe we end up buying Canadian guitars hu ?
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Cori Ander said 3619 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
Dig those
I dig the D-18s a lot. Has a warm friendly beautiful tone. Good complement to the rosewoods. I had wished they had one in the store I visited, but no.
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Feter said 3618 days ago (August 20th, 2009)
Well !!
Its too expensive ...check this link !

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SJB said 3609 days ago (August 30th, 2009)
Great playing
I think I'd buy at least four - one for standard tunning and the others in open tunings. Although at $5000 a pop I'd never take it out of the case!
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Ed Hannifin said 3609 days ago (August 30th, 2009)
If I won the lottery....
This would be in your mailbox...well, okay, BESIDE your mailbox... in the morning...

A really good recording of what seems to be a lively but even toned guitar... And one has to imagine, that this is also a 'young' guitar... Over time, especially if well cared for, this will open up and get even sweeter...

You really ought to market these snippets to both Samson/Zoom and Martin... and the store where you try these out...

In the meantime, they are very nice to listen to...

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composerclark said 3600 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
I am only hearing this through my laptop speakers, but it still sounds great. I liked what you wrote about the guitar "giving" you energy, because I can relate to that. Some instruments are truly inspiring. I am amazed at how easily music seems to flow from you when you are improvising.
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ConnieO said 3491 days ago (December 26th, 2009)
This is a great post and playing. Thanks.
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