Readers Questions

One Man’s Guitar receives mail from around the world with readers questions on various guitars, and seeking advice and opinions on guitar-related topics.

We are happy to present some of those we feel may be of interest to our general readership.

We shall post these in our Blog, but you will find links to each public Q&A below. If you would like to submit a query to our readers questions, please drop us a line at

Areas of Interest

General Guitar Questions

Why Do “Fingerstyle Guitars” have wider necks?

Scalloped Bracing vs. Straight Bracing Over Time?

Martin Guitar Questions

What’s the Scéal Iomlán on the Martin D-45 Celtic Knot?

Martin D-40FMG?

What exactly is Martin’s High Performance Neck?

Martin OMC-Aura Info?

D-41 or D-42 if priced the same?

What city has the best selection of OMs to sample?

Details about Martin wood grading, how many grades and how they decide?

Thinking of an HD-28E Retro or D-45E Retro, are you familiar with these models?

Difference between the 000 and OM, which have the same body size?

Differences between OM-28 and OM-21? (the new ones)

Differences between D-45 and HD-28 and can you hear it?

Differences between the Simple Dovetail and other neck joints?

Differences between the OM-28V and OM-28 Marquis?

Thinking of buying a D-45 Authentic, what are the differences between the 1942 and 1936 models?

Martin Guitar String Height, aka “factory action?”

Fingernail Care

What sort of thumb pick or nail extension does Spoon Phillips use when playing fingerstyle guitar?

 Other questions and answers will appear in the Comments section, below

Readers Questions at One Man's Guitar




7 thoughts on “Readers Questions

    1. The looks. D4 gets straighter or more uniformed grain, greater color variation and evenness in color distribution, that sort of thing. D4 is reserved for Style 41 on upwards.

  1. I’m wondering if you’d had any experience with the Martin OO-42SC, and if you could compare it with the Martin CS-OOS-14?

    1. I have played the Stage Coach model, both a prototype and a one in a shop (Guitar Center on 14th St. in NYC.)

      The Stage Coach is a modern Martin, in terms of the solid build, weight of the wood, etc. Strong, solid notes, great balance, built to be able to really rip into it, even when dropped down to Open D, etc.

      The CS-00S-14 is lighter in weight, very vintage-like in that respect at least. Clarity and resonance, but likes a lighter hand, much like an old-timey Martin.

      It has been a while since I played either, so I am speaking from distant memory now.

      But I hope that helps.

    1. The GPC-42E NAMM Show Special from 2011 had a list price of $9,999. And it was steal at that price! Well at least with the typical dealer discounts. But even used, because of the small number, I would think this is a $6K guitar.

      They only made 25, if I recall, some of them were bought by overseas dealers, in Japan, etc. David Crosby owns one of them.

      Martin came out with a similar guitar in 2012, the GPCPA1 Madagascar Rosewood model. It had Madagascar instead of Amazon rosewood, but otherwise the bracing and quality of the woods, etc. were on par with the Show Special version. The trim was not as fancy and it had Style 41 pearl around the top rather than 42 (42 gets pearl around the fingerboard extension.)

      The list price on the Madagascar version was $6,499.00 and there are several still on the market, new with warranty for well under $5,000. If I wasn’t already sated with the guitars I need I would have bought one, and I may yet someday.

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