Martin's Music

Martin's Music Martin’s Music

Andrew Martin/Owner

Lessons, Repairs, and Sales

5000 US Highway 280 East Suite C
Alexander City, AL 35010
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Operating as usual

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Harley Benton A/E that was on the bench for a setup. This guitar belongs to Mr. Chris ...
09/10/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Harley Benton A/E that was on the bench for a setup. This guitar belongs to Mr. Chris Rainwater. The action was terribly high when he first dropped it off. I noticed right off the bat that the truss rod was in desperate need of adjustment. After getting the neck straight I removed the old strings and cleaned the guitar thoroughly using Music Nomad products throughout. After the cleaning I removed around 4/64” worth of material off the bottom of the saddle to adjust the action. After reinstalling the saddle I installed a new set of Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Light 12-53 strings and tuned up to pitch. After the repair the action is sitting at a much more comfortable height of 7/64” on the low E and 5/64” on the high E at the 12th fret. I’m sure Mr. Rainwater will be excited to have his guitar back playing its best!

Good morning everyone! Here’s an Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay bass that was on the bench for a setup this morning. This...
09/09/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s an Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay bass that was on the bench for a setup this morning. This bass belongs to Paul Timothy Nathanael Blankenship. After spraying the electronics down with some cleaner I removed the old strings and cleaned the guitar thoroughly using Music Nomad products. After the cleaning I installed a new set of Ernie Ball Super Slinky Bass 45-100 strings and tuned up to Paul’s preferred tuning of Eb. Next I set the action, intonation, and pickup height. After the repair the action is sitting at a super comfortable 6/64” across the 12th fret and it’s playing in tune up and down the board. I know Paul will be super excited to have his bass back playing and sounding its best!

09/02/2021

Good morning! Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Martin’s Music will be closed tomorrow, September 3rd and Saturday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. I will reopen on Tuesday, September 7th at 10am. I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend!

Good afternoon everyone! Here are a couple of PRS guitars that were on the bench for a good cleaning and restringing. Th...
08/31/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here are a couple of PRS guitars that were on the bench for a good cleaning and restringing. These guitar belongs to Mr. Brian Bice. After removing the old strings on these guitars I polished the guitars using Music Nomad Pro Strength Guitar Polish and cleaned the frets using 6000 grit Micro Mesh and Music Nomad Fret Frine. After cleaning the guitars thoroughly I installed new sets of D’Addario EXL110 10-46 strings on each and tuned up to Eb tuning. I know Mr. Brian will be excited to have his guitars back looking their best!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Gibson Les Paul Studio that was on the bench last week for a new bone nut and setup. F...
08/31/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Gibson Les Paul Studio that was on the bench last week for a new bone nut and setup. Feel free to take a look at the nut making process in the photos below. After the repair I was able to get the action at the first fret sitting at .018 on the E, A, D, and G strings and .016 on the B and E strings. This is also the first bone nut that I’ve polished using Micro Mesh. The repair turned out great! After the nut install I put a new set of Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 10-46 strings on and set the action, intonation and pickup heights. After all was said and done the action is sitting at a super comfortable 4/64” across the 12th fret and it’s playing in tune up and down the board without any of the buzz caused from the poorly cut original nut. I’m sure my customer was super excited to have his guitar back playing and sounding its best!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an Oscar Schmidt A/E that was on the bench this morning for a setup. This guitar belongs...
08/24/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an Oscar Schmidt A/E that was on the bench this morning for a setup. This guitar belongs to Braxton Lashley. After removing the old strings I cleaned the guitar thoroughly using Music Nomad products throughout. After the cleaning I removed the saddle and took around 6/64” worth of material off the bottom to lower the action. After setting the saddle in place I installed a new set of Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Light 12-53 strings and tuned up to pitch. After adjusting the truss rod ever so slightly the action was sitting at a comfortable 7/64” across the 12th fret. I know Braxton will be excited to have his guitar back playing and sounding its best!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an Alvarez 5222 that was on the bench for a pickup install last week. This guitar belong...
08/24/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an Alvarez 5222 that was on the bench for a pickup install last week. This guitar belongs to Mr. Don Waldrep. Because this guitar features an adjustable bridge, we decided to go with a LR Baggs iBeam Active bridge plate mounted pickup. The first task was to enlarge the existing endpin hole to 1/2 to accept the new endpin jack. After finishing this up I set the pickup on the installation tool and did a few dry runs to make sure everything was right. After removing the adhesive I set the pickup in place as well as the endpin jack, volume control, and battery holder. After the pickup install I installed a new set of Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Light 12-53 strings and tuned up to pitch. I’m sure Mr. Don is excited to have the ability to use this guitar for plugged in performances now!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a custom built “T” style partscaster that was on the bench for a setup last week. This g...
08/24/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a custom built “T” style partscaster that was on the bench for a setup last week. This guitar belongs to Mr. John Blair. Mr. John wanted the action lowered for more comfortable playability. After removing the old strings I cleaned the guitar thoroughly using Music Nomad products. After the cleaning I installed a new set of Elixir Optiweb Super Light 9-42 strings then I adjusted the truss rod slightly and set the action, intonation, and pickup heights. After the setup the action is sitting at a super comfortable 4/64” across the 12th fret and it’s playing in tune up and down the fretboard. Mr. John was super excited to have his guitar back in tip top playing shape!

Alvarez 5221-12 Silver AnniversaryGood morning everyone! Up for your consideration today is an Alvarez 5221-12 Silver An...
08/20/2021

Alvarez 5221-12 Silver Anniversary

Good morning everyone! Up for your consideration today is an Alvarez 5221-12 Silver Anniversary 12 String A/E. Features a Solid Spruce Top w/Rosewood Back and Sides. This guitar plays great and sounds phenomenal! Includes a hardshell case. The guitar has some imperfections throughout, but nothing major whatsoever.

$349.99

Come check this guitar and many more out here at Martin’s Music!

‘07 Gibson Les Paul StandardGood morning everyone! Up for your consideration today is a 2007 Gibson Les Paul Standard in...
08/20/2021

‘07 Gibson Les Paul Standard

Good morning everyone! Up for your consideration today is a 2007 Gibson Les Paul Standard in Heritage Cherry Sunbust. Typical Les Paul features, but lightweight at around 8 lbs. Includes the original hardshell case and pickguard (never installed). Shows some wear here and there, but no major damage whatsoever.

$2399.99

Come check this guitar out and many more here at Martin’s Music!

Good morning everyone! Here’s and AMI 00-15M Slothead that was on the bench yesterday for a setup. This guitar belongs t...
08/20/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s and AMI 00-15M Slothead that was on the bench yesterday for a setup. This guitar belongs to Mr. Bruce Whitehill. Mr. Bruce and I worked out a trade on this beauty, but before he took it home he wanted me to lower the action for more comfortable playability. After removing the old strings I cleaned the guitar thoroughly using Music Nomad’s Guitar Detailer and polished the frets with 6000 grit Micro Mesh and Fret Frine. After the cleaning I installed a new set of Elixir Nanoweb 80/20 Custom Light 11-52 strings and tuned up to pitch. After checking the action, I loosened the truss rod a smidge to introduce some relief into the neck and ended up removing around 4/64” worth of material off of the bottom of the saddle. I was able to get the action down to a super low 4/64” across the 12th fret without any buzzing. I know Mr. Bruce was excited to get his new guitar home and put it through its paces!

Good morning everyone! Here’s a vintage Gibson J-50 that was on the bench for a pickup install. This guitar belongs to A...
08/04/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s a vintage Gibson J-50 that was on the bench for a pickup install. This guitar belongs to Austin Palfrey. The guitar had a Fishman humbucking soundhole pickup installed, but Austin wanted a permanent install. We decided to go with the LR Baggs iBeam Active pickup. These pickups mount to the bridge plate and are less invasive than an under saddle pickup with only one hole needing to be drilled. After removing the original endpin I enlarged the hole ever so slightly to accept the reamer and then reamed the hole out to 1/2”. This allowed the new endpin/jack to be installed. After setting the pickup on the installation tool I did a couple of dry runs to make sure all was good. After removing the back to the adhesive I set the pickup in place as well as the endpin jack, volume control, and battery pouch. The install turned out great! I’m sure Austin will be super excited to have a permanent fix for his plugged in performance.

Good morning everyone! Here’s an AMI DT-28H that was on the bench for a pickup install. This guitar belongs to Braxton H...
07/28/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s an AMI DT-28H that was on the bench for a pickup install. This guitar belongs to Braxton Haas. Braxton had purchased this guitar from me and wanted to have the option of plugged in performance. We decided to install a LR Baggs iBeam Active pickup. After removing the original end pin I used a reamer to enlarge the hole to 1/2” to accept the new end pin/jack. Next I set the pickup itself on the installation tool and made sure it lined up with the saddle slot on the bridge. After a couple of dry runs I removed the back to the adhesive and put the pickup in place as well as the jack, volume control, and battery. After plugging in to check my work I cleaned the guitar thoroughly using Music Nomad products. After the clean up I installed a new set of Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Light 12-53 strings to finish up the repair. I know Braxton will be super excited to have his new guitar ready for the stage!

Good afternoon! Here’s a Fender American Jazz Bass that was on the bench this morning for a set up. This bass belongs to...
07/27/2021

Good afternoon! Here’s a Fender American Jazz Bass that was on the bench this morning for a set up. This bass belongs to Mr. Bobby Guy. Mr. Bobby brought this bass in for a seasonal check up. After cleaning the bass up using Music Nomad products I reinstalled the strings and tuned up to pitch. I ended up adjusting the action ever so slightly and set the intonation. After the set up the action is sitting at a super comfortable 6/64” across the 12th fret and it’s playing in tune up and down the fretboard. I’m sure Mr. Bobby will be excited to have his bass back in tip top playing shape!

07/24/2021

Good morning! Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Martin’s Music will be closing at 12pm today, July 24th. I will reopen Tuesday, July 27th at 10am. I apologize for any inconvenience. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Gibson Hummingbird Studio that was on the bench this morning for a new pickup install....
07/13/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Gibson Hummingbird Studio that was on the bench this morning for a new pickup install. This guitar belongs to Justin Peters. Justin was wary of having a battery derail a performance so we decided to install a K&K Sound Pure Mini w/Volume Control. With this being a passive pickup, there are no batteries to worry about and it sounds phenomenal! You can see the finished product in the photos below. The install turned out great! I think Justin will be super excited to have his new guitar set up the way he wants it with the added bonus of not having to worry about dealing with a battery.

07/02/2021

Good evening! Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Martin’s Music will be closed tomorrow, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. I will reopen on Tuesday, July 6th at 10am. I apologize for any inconvenience. I hope you all have a fun and safe 4th of July Holiday!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Gibson Southern Jumbo Deluxe that was on the bench for a bridge reglue and neck reset....
06/23/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Gibson Southern Jumbo Deluxe that was on the bench for a bridge reglue and neck reset. Mr. Don Waldrep brought this guitar in for the repairs. I won’t do a big write up on this particular repair because of it being so labor intensive, but feel free to take a look at the bridge reglue, neck reset, and saddle install in the photos below. After the repairs this guitar is back in excellent playing shape and sounds phenomenal! The action is sitting between 6/64”-7/64” (Treble to Bass) at the 12th fret with plenty of saddle left for future adjustments. I’m sure Mr. Don will be super excited to get this guitar back and put it through its paces!

Good evening everyone! Here’s a “T” Style Partscaster that I finished assembling today. This fine guitar was put togethe...
06/23/2021

Good evening everyone! Here’s a “T” Style Partscaster that I finished assembling today. This fine guitar was put together for Mr. Justin Lucas. I ended up using a Squier Classic Vibe Custom Double Bound “T” body, a vintage themed Allparts “T” neck, Fender vintage style tuning machines, Fender Pure Vintage ‘64 “T” pickups, and a 920D prewired “T” wiring harness. Feel free to take a look at the build process in the photos below. After the assembly I installed a new hand cut and slotted bone nut. You can also see that process in the photos below. After installing a new set of Elixir Optiweb Light 10-46 strings I set the action, intonation, and pickup heights. After all was said and done the action is sitting at a super comfortable 5/64” across the 12th fret and it’s playing in tune up and down the fretboard. This build turned out great! I’m sure Mr. Lucas will be super excited to get his new guitar and put it through its paces!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Fender American Standard Telecaster that was on the bench for a new Emerson wiring har...
06/22/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Fender American Standard Telecaster that was on the bench for a new Emerson wiring harness and DiMarzio pickup install as well as a set up. This guitar belongs to Trey Foshee. Trey wanted a little more “Oomph” from the bridge position pickup and while we were at it he decided to have me install a whole new wiring harness as well. We decided to go with the DiMarzio Chopper T/Twang King pickup combo. The Chopper T is a rail type humbucker while the Twang King is a true single coil. The final product turned out great. This guitar now has plenty of chunk from the bridge position, while the neck position provides some almost Strat-like clean tones. The Emerson wiring harness made a big difference as well compared to the original wiring harness. This guitar now has much better sweep on the volume and tone controls as well as a treble bleed circuit on the volume pot. The set up turned out great as well. After getting everything cleaned up using Music Nomad cleaning products I installed a new set of Elixir Optiweb 10-46 strings and tuned the guitar up to Eb. After installing the new strings I set the action, intonation, and pickup heights. After the set up the action is now sitting at 4/64” across the 12th fret and is playing in tune up and down the board. I’m sure Trey will be super excited to have his guitar back playing and sounding its best!

Good morning everyone! Here’s a Johnson dreadnought that was on the bench for a set up. This guitar belongs to Mr. Benni...
06/17/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s a Johnson dreadnought that was on the bench for a set up. This guitar belongs to Mr. Bennie Yates. Mr. Bennie wanted the guitar to play a little better, especially on the upper registers. After removing the old strings I gave the guitar a thorough cleaning using Music Nomad products throughout. After the cleaning I installed a new set of Martin Phosphor Bronze Light 12-53 strings and tuned up to pitch. The action at the 12th fret was just about perfect, but the action at the nut was super high. After setting the action at the nut (.020-E/A, .018-D/G, and .016-B/E) this repair was finished. Setting the action at the nut lowered the action ever so slightly at the 12th fret. This and a slight truss rod adjustment got the action to where it’s supposed to be. After the repair the action is sitting between 5/64”-6/64” (Treble to Bass) at the 12th fret and is playing wonderfully. I’m sure Mr. Bennie will be excited to have his guitar back in tip top playing shape!

Good morning everyone! Here’s a Gibson Hummingbird Studio that was on the bench for a strap button install. This guitar ...
06/17/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s a Gibson Hummingbird Studio that was on the bench for a strap button install. This guitar belongs to Justin Peters. I know what y’all are thinking, “How complicated can a strap button install be?!”, but this is a job that can easily go south if you don’t take the right steps to ensure an easy install. After mapping out the center of the heel using a set of digital calipers, I made my mark where I wanted to drill. I used the screw to find the right depth on the drill bit, marked the depth, and then proceeded to drill the hole. After putting a small amount of wax on the screw I installed the strap button into the neck heel and this job was finished!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Fender Starcaster that was on the bench for a set up this morning. This guitar belongs...
06/16/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a Fender Starcaster that was on the bench for a set up this morning. This guitar belongs to Mrs. Misty Graham Wade. After removing the old strings I gave the guitar a thorough cleaning using Music Nomad products. After the cleaning I installed a new set of Elixir Optiweb Light 10-46 strings and set the action, intonation, and pickup heights. After the set up the action is sitting at a super comfortable 4/64” across the 12th fret and it’s playing in tune up and down the fingerboard. I’m sure Mrs. Misty will be excited to have her new guitar back playing and sounding its best!

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5000 US Highway 280 E Suite C
Alexander City, AL
35010

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm

Telephone

(256) 496-6347

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Looking Great Man
got my Gibson back today after a long process of fabricating a pick guard and a pick up up grade ,,,, Awsome ,,, thanks Andrew ,,,, this was a very long drawn project ,,, I love it
All true my friend
Friends do you need some work on your instrument or you want to buy one. We'll go by to Martin's Music in Alexandercity,Al. Tell Martin I send you by. Check it out
The K&K that Andy installed in Martin sounded great! It sounds better than if it were mic'ed up with a condenser! If you've got guitar repair needs, there's only one option!
Just bought this beauty today from Andrew today, it's a Squier Fender 1972 Thinline Reissue! Gotta love a Tele! This thing has that twangy Tele sound we all love, but it also has that smooth hollowbody like sound that really makes this a versatile guitar!!! Come and check out my buddy Andrew Martin here at Martin's Music and support his business!!!! He's a kind fellow, and always is helpful with musical instruments in general!!!!
is this near Cutters Edge?