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  1. that's the first time I read a positive article about the Mark guitars !!
  2. I agree. Tradition vs. Innovation. Too bad Schneider passed away, would have been eye-opening to understand what he was trying to do that production could not. Back in 1980 I tried a 53 and it was very rough, as in "unfinished". Thank you no thank you, was my reaction. Until I played the 81 and heard the harmonics ringing from the 5th to 9th frets, I was hypnotized. Acoustic sustain I called it.
  3. Texas guitarists are in a league by themselves. My comments were basically about "folkies" who can't play but basics. So nobody get offended please. If you like the 53, you need to play a 81. Those were supervised by Schneider himself, the ones with the red binding, ebony fingerboards and bridges, and Brazilian rosewood. Not many of those were built. The 99 model looks like it was never built, it was "custom order", basically a 81 with lots of decorations, the catalog announced it but it was to be made by Schneider who resigned in anger when he saw what they had done with the production models. I have this information from a retired 1970's through 1980's sales rep from who requested his name not be revealed. I was very interested in the Mark guitars in the late 1970's, and was very fortunate to meet him and to get his MK81 built by Schneider.
  4. not really, the fact is that during the debut of the Mark guitars, Norlin gave the prototype guitars to the Sales reps for the South instead of the West or East coasts, where the concept of the Mark guitars might have had success. Instead, they sent the production 35, 53, and 72 which were a disaster, and the reps kept the 81 quietly. The sound of the Mark is very developed, not for First fret E chords.
  5. the MK-81 is a fine guitar, but it was marketed to the wrong crowd, i.e, folkies and country players. Norlin's big big mistake. it is a refined acoustic Jazz guitar, (in the words of Ricardo Schneider), not a honky tonk guitar to play 3-chord tunes like "Jambaliah" or "Armadillo Johnny", if you know what I mean, you can do that with a Walmart "King Of Plastic" guitar. The closest think to the Mark 81 sound is the Maccaferri guitar of Django Rheindhart, in fact it was the sound of the Selmer Maccaferri that inspired Schneider. So.... just because 3-chord Johhny Armadillo "doesn't like it", doesn't mean they are bad guitars. It just shows the obvious background of Johnny and narrow mindedness..
  6. I believe the Mark guitar is a Jazz guitar, and where Norlin failed miserably, was trying to market it to Country music players. The Mark guitar is the closest thing in sound to the Selmer Maccaferri guitar used by Django, the foremost jazz guitar player of the 20th century. (by the way, Django's Maccaferri guitar is at a Paris museum, donated by his wife when he died. It was made in 1938). It is known that Richard Schneider had knowledge of the Maccaferri guitar and its bracing system. Dr. Michael Kasha is always given the credit for the Mark guitar bracing but Dr, Kasha knew nothing about guitar building until he was paired with Schneider who explained to him what the bracing did or did not do in a guitar. Dr. Kasha might have then studied and improved the bracing for the Mark guitar with Schneider's collaboration. So in my opinion, the Mark guitar is all Richard Schneider, and again, it is not a "Country" guitar, it is a Jazz guitar, that's why those who play them know about its different sound quality and loud projection.
  7. depends who you ask, if you ask the Sellers, they will answer with a trump lie.
  8. Eric you are one lucky guy. Did they ever make a 6/12 ?
  9. hey freaks! check out this Jay Turser COPY of the Gibson ES-150-DC ( fat ES-335 ) which was offered in the Jazz & Custom Order Catalog years ago. sure I have a Gibson ES-150-DCW (Walnut), but I couldn't resist this JT COPY. It is incredibly well made and it has more binding and intricate mother of pearl than the Gibson ever had. Unfortunately it came with gold plating which always starts to wear out. I hate gold plating, give me chome or nickel. how does it play and tune? The action is fantastic, they got the neck angle just right, it plays in tune all the way to the last fret. The pickups as good as any original humbucker or aftermarket.
  10. where did you read that? the fingerboard or "fretboard" is either rosewood or ebony, the neck is Maple as far as I know. never mind I found it on the MK72 and MK99 descriptions. No clue.
  11. old thread but the information here is outstanding. here's mine, a pristine 1977 MK81 in Sunburst with all the accessories it came with. This one was owned by the Southeast US Norlin Sales Rep who sold it to me in 1980, according to him, it was a "demonstrator" done by Richard Schneider and given to him by the man himself.
  12. Colombia, si quieres un acabado profesional, mucho mejor que perdiendo tu tiempo rogandole a Gibson, enviale la guitarra a Saul en Altamonte, Florida. Saul tiene un negocio de restauracion de madera de automobiles Ingleses como Rolls Royce y Jaguar y hace unos trabajos increibles. Tambien Saul es un guitarrista y entiende lo que uno quiere. Te puedes comunicar con Saul a traves de su pagina de internet: http://www.britishautowood.com/ Te advierto que no es barato, pero el trabajo de Saul es espectacular.
  13. para cubrir rayazos se puede usar Esmalte para Uñas de mujer. Viene en transparente (Clear) y en muchos colores. se aplica en capas y se deja secar, y luego se aplica otra capa, etc. La reparacion es casi invisible. si estas buscando un color en particular, tendrias que ir al Departamento de Cosmeticos de Mujer cargando con la guitarra, y si vas a hacer eso, ponte una peluca de mujer para no levantar sospechas.
  14. siempre fabrican una que otra zurda. Si no las fabrican es porque no hay la demanda. De todas formas sales mejor buscando una usada pues la calidad de las guitarras hoy dia generalmente es menos que ayer.
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