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MT13K

Post by Egbertgirl » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:16 am

Does anybody have any info on a MT13K el Degas acoustic ? Anything would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: MT13K

Post by charles » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:58 am

Hi, thanks for posting and sending me an email - I'll answer you here.

Because serial numbering information does not exist (and the brand eventually abandoned using serial numbers altogether), getting a specific year of manufacture is impossible (except for cases where you are the original owner and have that info from when you bought the guitar - I have seen it happen :) ).

If you have photos of the guitar including the head stock logo & sound hole label, it is easier to tell what "era" the guitar is from. You may have already noticed whether the country of manufacture is listed on the sound hole label. This is the best way we have of making an 'educated guess' as to the era of manufacture. It is generally believed to be true that MIJ (Made in Japan) models span from the very late 60s to the 70s, and the MIK (Made in Korea) models (or models manufactured in Romania, Guatemala, etc) are from the 80s.

I hope this helps - let me know if you have other questions.

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Re: MT13K

Post by charles » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:46 am

In regards to the model number, the "MT-" prefix denotes that this is a Martin copy.

The "13" denotes the model type (we've yet to determine how the numbers in this part line up with what Martin is being copied, as some of the Martin copies seem to be replicating several Martin models or an amalgamation/reinterpretation of several Martin characteristics).

The "K" should apply to the finish color (I've seen models with different colors/sunburst options using the last digit to denote the specific color option).

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Re: MT13K

Post by Egbertgirl » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:36 pm

Made in Korea .. how do I post pics here ? I've never been in a forum before lol

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Re: MT13K

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Re: MT13K

Post by Egbertgirl » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:36 pm

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Re: MT13K

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Re: MT13K

Post by Egbertgirl » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:41 pm

Thank you for all your help that was pretty easy after all :)
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Re: MT13K

Post by charles » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:43 pm

Very interesting - I don't think I have ever seen that head stock logo style (which is normally attributed to MIJ models featuring more 'deluxe' finishing or features) on a MIK model.

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Re: MT13K

Post by Egbertgirl » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:47 pm

Well I like to hear that :) .. I think we might have found a hidden gem as I or my boyfriend can not find info on this particular model !

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Re: MT13K

Post by 3tequila » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:49 pm

Yes I was thinking the same about the head stock because all logos ive seen is vertical ?

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Re: MT13K

Post by Egbertgirl » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:54 pm

This makes me even more excited !! We picked it up for $250 with case , it's got a slight bridge pull but we know a great luthier to fix that issue, it sounds absolutely amazing ! It's a beautiful guitar

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Re: MT13K

Post by charles » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:59 pm

3tequila wrote:Yes I was thinking the same about the head stock because all logos ive seen is vertical ?
I have seen a few different logo styles on the MT- models, including one style that emulates the vertical Martin logo. Usually, I'd expect to see a decal logo on a MIK but this one looks to have bucked that trend.

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Re: MT13K

Post by Barry » Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:19 pm

Congratulations, you have a very beautiful guitar build there. Looks to be all Mahogany which will indeed sound very sweet!

I can't tell from the pictures but you said the bridge is lifting? If the actual bridge has begun to pull away from the sound board then that is a relatively easy repair and worth the money to do. Actually it is a good thing. The worse alternative is for the sound board to be pulled up behind the bridge causing a "bulge" and high action. That is very problematic and sometimes cannot be repaired.

If you are lucky all that will be needed is a neck adjustment, or perhaps a saddle adjustment. I also notice that the nut has a couple of chips in it. It should be replaced at the same time. Your repair man will likely recommend that. If you can, use a bone or Tusq replacement for improved tone.

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Re: MT13K

Post by Egbertgirl » Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:43 pm

Thankyou Barry , unfortunately there is a slight bulge and high action , but our guy is the best in the area , worth the money to get repaired we think. To me though it doesn't effect the playability, we tuned it half step down to relieve the tension a bit , but I'm willing to sink some money into it as its beautiful sound wise and looks ! Thanks for your input :)

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