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    Watching that video almost gave me a UAS attack in Koa. Already have the mahogany covered. If your now dreaming in Mahogany, PM me if you would like one too.
    Vintage all the way. Dave

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    I've been kinda processing this since the announcement (thanks Django). The 3 looks amazing and the price seems fair, sitting comfortably under the 5.

    I'm puzzled by the limited run of the 1. Seems like they could and should put them into production. A limited 3 makes sense but a Mexican 1? They don't want it to compete with the S1?

    The 1 has the paper inside the body calling it a Centennial. I assume the 3 will just be stamped Martin inside. So the only way to distinguish it is by its construction like the kite headstock. I'm guessing.

    I mean comparatively I have to give the nod to Kamaka. Every uke got the special headstock logo.

    Has anyone asked any retailers about preorders?

    I'm a mahogany guy but koa or cherry would have filled a hole in my collection. I don't feel the 1 would give me something different enough from what I already have. So if I try to get one, it will be the 3. It is expensive though. At this point, I'm not sure.

    But hey, happy anniversary Martin!!
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    I really wish they did a 12 fret style 1 like the original style 1's , then it wouldn't look like an S1.
    They should also have put fret markers like the original style 1.
    Why do they call it a " 1 " when it doesnt have any of the styling points of the style 1 ?
    Happy Anniversary to Martin and thanks for the great instruments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by actadh View Post
    They are on the Martin website.
    Style 1 Centennial:
    https://www.martinguitar.com/guitars...-1-centennial/

    Style 3 Centennial:
    https://www.martinguitar.com/guitars...entennial-uke/
    Thanks.

    I don't think the Style 1 will be that far removed from a normal S1 apart from markings, bridge and saddle etc. Nice to have but a tough sell to one who owns an S1. Possibly the same for the style 3.
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    When I was making my earlier post, I somehow completely forgot that I owned a Martin S1 for a while. I thought it was a great uke. I really can't remember anything I disliked about it, other than the friction tuners that I replaced with geared tuners.. I just sold it to get something else...either that or I was getting out of uke for a while and focusing on guitar. I can't remember.

    Also, I mentioned I wasn't fond of the OXK I tried.....but did say maybe I wasn't in the right mood..... Now I think I remember what happened. I hadn't played a soprano in a while, so it felt really foreign to me at the time. Once I do play more soprano it seems normal to me.....so much so that I'm about to go from being uke-less for a while to having an OX.

    Back more on topic here, I don't find that Style 1 any more appealing than the S1. I thought the S1 was top notch already in every way. It was one that really stood out to me.
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    I appreciate Bill1's opinion and just for the record, I have a recent 5K, 3K and Cherry 3, and I think that I was the one that said the short run was a shame. I also have a Centennial 3 on hold at a very good price, (never pay retail). I have been playing Martin Guitars for 30+ years and even though they make some strange variants these days, for the most part I still love their timeless style, history, build quality, consistence and playability. They are still the authentic and real thing. I know that it is not a popular opinion, but as a fingerstyle guitarist, I like the voice and playability of the recent ukuleles better than that of the vintage instruments. Tone is subjective, but build quality is not, and for that, I don't think anyone beats Martin. They also go to great pains regarding environmental controls and their woods are still carefully aged and if you buy new, you get an actual lifetime warranty.

    I have heard a lot of negative comments regarding the recent Martin solid wood ukuleles. I have no preconceived idea of what a ukulele should sound like. I do know that my 5K has a beautiful ring and sounds great all the way up the neck. It is very balanced and expressive and beautiful to look at. One of the things that makes the newer Martins heavier, especially toward the head it that the fingerboard is thicker than the older ones and it is Ebony, (very dense and heavy as wood goes) and also the head itself is thicker. That doesn't concern me because I use a Uke Leash (and play with my thumb on the back of the neck rather than over the top). I also like the thicker fingerboard because it gives me more room above the body and will probably help to keep the top from becoming worn.

    The Ukuleles in the "Golden Era" had gut strings and were often tuned A,D,F# and B. I doubt that anyone living could tell you what a 1927 Martin 3K sounded like when new and with gut strings. I feel that if you enjoy something and it helps you to enjoy playing more, you shouldn't care what the connoisseurs think. What works for one may not work for another, and it may be debated until the end of time, but you cannot dictate taste, and for me, the Martin 3 and 5 appeal to me in a way that others do not.

    Martin is, in the end, a business and has to make business decisions. In some ways I am glad for the short runs. When Harley had their Centennial, all 2003 Harleys were Centennial Models and I think that Kamaka did the same. That makes these 200 instruments a bit more special. Martin only produced 100 Daisy Ukuleles, and you rarely see one for sale. For that matter, I rarely see a used Martin 3 or 5 Ukulele for sale. Someone must be happy with their purchase.
    Last edited by Django; 01-13-2017 at 04:48 AM.
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    Recent Martins: 3 Centennial, 5K, 3 Cherry and OXK 5 string
    Vintage Martins: 1920s #2 and 1950s #1
    Kiwaya KMS-K and KTS-7
    Laughlin 3K, (1920 Martin 3K Bow Tie and Kite copy, 1 of 2) and Mahogany 3

    Concert: Compass Rose Sycamore body with Cedar top and Magic Fluke Flea

    Tenor: Kiwaya KMT-K, strung Low G with Aquila Reds, sweet as can be

    Tiple: Yasuma (Martin T28 copy, Rosewood with Spruce top)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    How many $3000 ukes are going to sell in 2017? Many UU members would never buy a $3000 instrument. A run of 100 should set up some nice advertising for Martin (like this thread) and will satisfy the predicted demand.
    The $600 model will set up some marketing and will be a nice little thank you to throw into a deal for a $30,000 guitar. Again if you go back through UU posts, despite the comments in this thread many UU members are rarely supportive of current Martin solid wood products. I think a run of 100 will be plenty.
    Those who would like to see the Martin Guitar company make more ukuleles need to start voting with their wallets. Supply will follow demand. It is no use complaining about a lack lustre Centenary range when you have not bought any of the wood models and have just complained about the company for the last ten years.
    Yep. What Bill1 wrote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Again if you go back through UU posts, despite the comments in this thread many UU members are rarely supportive of current Martin solid wood products. I think a run of 100 will be plenty. Those who would like to see the Martin Guitar company make more ukuleles need to start voting with their wallets. Supply will follow demand. It is no use complaining about a lack lustre Centenary range when you have not bought any of the wood models and have just complained about the company for the last ten years.
    Well, I have an opposing view on this.

    The reason why I don't have a Martin ukulele is because their modern offerings aren't attractive enough to me even though the interest has generally been there. An anniversary model for $600 might have tipped the scale a little, as the aspect of it being a potential collectible is an added plus. It would be something slightly more special, something that, say, an otherwise equal or better, and less expensive, modern Kiwaya doesn't offer.

    I don't agree at all with the view that people should buy products that they don't feel are worth the asking price just so that the maker may or may not eventually offer something that the customers do want to buy. With the wide range of options and choices available today, a company isn't doing me a favor by putting out a product that I am happy to buy; it's the company in a tight market that should seize and welcome opportunities to offer something that customers want to spend their money on, instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Well done Django, you are a good Martin customer, the Martin Sales and Marketing Department should value your opinion and in this day and age they should be able to track a person who has spent around $10k on their products and offer some higher level of service. I think a good customer like you should actually get a email from Martin offering a chance to secure a centenary uke.

    For the record, I get and ask for no special treatment from Martin. I live in a small New Hampshire town and Martin is in Pennsylvania, (they don't know that I exist). I sing their praises because I love their instruments and because their history cannot be duplicated. To me, it is like a Harley Davidson, the history is still part of the final product. There has always been something special about a Martin to me and I had to wait a long time before I could have my first. Like Kamaka, they are the real thing. I buy from dealers, the same as anyone else. I get the same Martin emails as any customer or interested person would receive. I do negotiate good prices, but it has nothing to do with being a long time customer. There is retail, MAP and what you can really get them for. I go for the third, or I keep looking. I secured my Martin Centennial 3 from a Martin Custom Shop dealer the day that Martin announced that they would produce them. I had already planned for this last year in case they made a Centennial model.

    I have owned 9 Martin Guitars through the years, (I still have one), 7 purchased new. Of my Martin ukuleles, 4, including the one that is on hold, were purchased new. Martin knows how to age wood properly. They have almost laboratory temperature and humidity controls throughout their process. That and an American workforce does not come cheap. When it comes to acoustic stringed instruments, I think that they are the one that is copied the most and for good reason.
    Last edited by Django; 01-14-2017 at 07:41 AM.
    Current Herd:

    Sopranos:
    Recent Martins: 3 Centennial, 5K, 3 Cherry and OXK 5 string
    Vintage Martins: 1920s #2 and 1950s #1
    Kiwaya KMS-K and KTS-7
    Laughlin 3K, (1920 Martin 3K Bow Tie and Kite copy, 1 of 2) and Mahogany 3

    Concert: Compass Rose Sycamore body with Cedar top and Magic Fluke Flea

    Tenor: Kiwaya KMT-K, strung Low G with Aquila Reds, sweet as can be

    Tiple: Yasuma (Martin T28 copy, Rosewood with Spruce top)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mivo View Post
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    I don't agree at all with the view that people should buy products that they don't feel are worth the asking price just so that the maker may or may not eventually offer something that the customers do want to buy. With the wide range of options and choices available today, a company isn't doing me a favor by putting out a product that I am happy to buy; it's the company in a tight market that should seize and welcome opportunities to offer something that customers want to spend their money on, instead.
    ^ Yes, this. I agree with you.
    I was going to make similar comments, but you said it better than I would've probably.
    Last edited by jer; 01-14-2017 at 01:06 PM.

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