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 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/Colume 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!

Good afternoon everyone! Here are a couple of Taylor’s that were on the bench for repair this morning. The natural finis...
06/15/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here are a couple of Taylor’s that were on the bench for repair this morning. The natural finished model is a 114CE and the Sunburst model is a 214CE. I adjusted the truss rods on each slightly before removing the old strings. After removing the old strings I cleaned both thoroughly using Music Nomad products. After the cleanings I removed the saddles and took 4/64” material off the bottoms of each. After reinstalling the saddles I put a new set of Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light 12-53 strings on each and tuned them up to pitch. After some slight truss rod adjustments on each these guitars were ready to go! The action on the 114CE ended up at 5/64”-7/64” (Treble to Bass) and the 214CE ended up at 4/64”-6/64” (Treble to Bass) when measured at the 12th frets on each. I know the owners will be very excited to have their guitars back looking and playing their best!

Good afternoon everyone! Here are some things that were on the bench last week for repair. The guitars and amp belong to...
06/15/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here are some things that were on the bench last week for repair. The guitars and amp belong to Mr. Bennie Yates.

First on the bench was the Epiphone FT45 Cortez. Mr. Bennie said he received this guitar in 1964, but it could be a little older than that. After removing the old strings I gave the guitar a good polish using Music Nomad’s Pro Strength Guitar Polish. After getting the guitar polished back to a nice shine I cleaned the frets and fretboard using Music Nomad’s Fret Frine and F-One Oil. After the cleaning process I installed a new set of Martin Phosphor Bronze Light 12-54 strings and tuned up to pitch. The action is now sitting at a very comfortable 6/64”-7/64” (Treble to Bass) at the 12th fret. The guitar is back looking great and sounds absolutely phenomenal!

Next up was a 1968 Fender Jazzmaster. Mr. Bennie bought this guitar and the Princeton amp brand new from Cherokee Electronics. After removing the old strings I gave the guitar a good polish using Music Nomad’s Pro Strength Guitar Polish. After getting the guitar polished back to a nice shine I cleaned the frets and fretboard using Music Nomad’s Fret Frine and F-One Oil. After the cleaning process I installed a new set of Ernie Ball Power Slinky 11-49 strings and set the action, intonation, and pickup heights. After the set up the action is sitting at a very comfortable 5/64”-6/64” (Treble to Bass) at the 12th fret and is playing in tune up and down the board. I know Mr. Benny will be excited to have this guitar back playing and sounding its best!

Last, but certainly not least, was an original Fender Princeton Non-Reverb Amp. Mr. Bennie needed a fuse cap and unfortunately I have not been able to locate one as of yet. I was able to give the amp a thorough cleaning using Music Nomad’s Amp and Case Cleaner. It rejuvenated the original Tolex and brought it back to a nice shine. Looks 100% better than when it came in!

Feel free to take a look at these fine instruments and amp in the photos below!

Good morning everyone! Here are some instruments that I have on consignment here in the shop at the moment. Instrument m...
06/11/2021

Good morning everyone! Here are some instruments that I have on consignment here in the shop at the moment. Instrument model names and prices are as follows:

Squier Pro Tone PJ Bass-
$449.99

Taylor DN3-
$899.99

Washburn 12 String-
$849.99

Agile 3000 LP Style-
$599.99

Samick A/E-
$499.99

Sears and Roebuck “SuperTone” Mando-
SOLD

Homebuilt Pecan Lap Steel-
$99.99

Encore 5 String Banjo-
$249.99

Each instruments includes either a case or gig bag, apart from the Lap Steel and Banjo. Feel free to call or come by for an in-hand description. Thanks for looking!

Come check these instruments and much more out here at Martin’s Music!

Good morning everyone! Here’s an early ‘70s (maybe a ‘72 or somewhere thereabouts) Gibson Les Paul Custom that was on th...
06/11/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s an early ‘70s (maybe a ‘72 or somewhere thereabouts) Gibson Les Paul Custom that was on the bench for a good cleaning and set up. This guitar was brought in by Mrs. Nana Lubbins as a surprise for her husband. After removing the old strings this guitar received a thorough deep clean using Music Nomad products. After the deep clean I installed a new set of Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9-42 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 board. I know they were both excited to have this guitar back looking and playing its best!

06/09/2021

Good morning! I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Martin’s Music will open a few hours later than normal today. I’ll be open from 1-6 today and will resume with normal business hours tomorrow, June 10th. I apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks!

05/28/2021

Good evening! Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Martin’s Music will be closed tomorrow, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. I will reopen during normal business hours Tuesday, June 1st. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an “S” Style Partscaster that was on the bench for new pickups, a bone nut, and set up. ...
05/25/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an “S” Style Partscaster that was on the bench for new pickups, a bone nut, and set up. This guitar belongs to Rachael Wilson. It’s kind of a tribute to David Gilmour’s Black Strat with elements of his Candy Apple Red Strat as well. I put a new EMG “S”Pickups and prewired harness in along with a single ply black pickguard. I had already installed a new set of Stew Mac’s Highwood Bent Steel Saddles. This saddle design is great because the height adjustment screw are not exposed. That saves the palm of your hand from any discomfort. After installing the new electronics I made a new bone nut. Feel free to take a look at that process in the photos below. After finishing the nut I installed a new set of Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9-42 strings and set the action, intonation, and pickup heights. After the upgrades and set up this guitar is playing great and sounding fantastic! The action ended up at 4/64” across the 12th fret and it’s now playing in tune up and down the fingerboard. I know Rachael will be excited to get her guitar back and put it through it’s paces!

Good morning everyone! Here’s an older (late ‘60s/early ‘70s) Fender acoustic that was on the bench for new tuning machi...
05/14/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s an older (late ‘60s/early ‘70s) Fender acoustic that was on the bench for new tuning machines. This guitar belongs to Steve Tate. The original tuning machines had just about had it. To install the new machine heads I had to end up framing out the top of the holes to 11/32” and pressed in the bushings using a drill press. After getting the bushings installed I filled the original screw holes with dowels, installed the new machine heads, and drilled for the new screw holes. After installing the screws I put a new set of Ernie Ball Earthwood Medium Light 12-54 strings on and tuned up to pitch. Installing the new strings and tuning was a breeze with the new tuning machines. I’m sure that Steve will be excited to have his guitar back in tip top playing shape!

Good morning everyone! Here’s a Fender Standard Jazz Bass that was brought in for a set up. The neck was in desperate ne...
05/14/2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s a Fender Standard Jazz Bass that was brought in for a set up. The neck was in desperate need of a truss rod adjustment. After getting the neck where it needed to be I gave the bass a thorough cleaning throughout using Music Nomad products. After the cleaning I installed a new set of D’Addario EXL220 40-95 strings and set the action/intonation. After the set up the action is sitting at a super comfortable 6/64” across the 12th fret and it playing in tune up and down the board. I’m sure Michael Richardson and the kids over at the middle/high school will enjoy playing it a lot more now that it’s back in proper playing shape!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s and Epiphone Les Paul that was on the bench this morning for a new wiring harness and pi...
05/06/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s and Epiphone Les Paul that was on the bench this morning for a new wiring harness and pickup install. This guitar belongs to Koty Tobin. Feel free to look at the install process in the photos below! The guitar turned out great. I’m sure Koty will be excited to get his guitar back and put it through it’s paces!

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an ‘80s model Gibson E2 Explorer that was on the bench for an action/intonation adjustme...
05/04/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an ‘80s model Gibson E2 Explorer that was on the bench for an action/intonation adjustment. This guitar came all the way from Shelby county! The owner picked this guitar up through Guitar Center back in December and noticed that is wasn’t playing in tune as you went further up the neck. The Kahler tremolo system is not original to the guitar and was placed a little too far forward for the intonation to be set using the saddle adjustments only. After adjusting the action as well as the two set screws at the base of the system I was finally able to get the intonation where it was very, very close to being spot on. My customer was happy with the finished product, as was I.

Here’s a good rule of thumb that everyone should think about when buying a guitar sight unseen off of the internet: Check the instrument over thoroughly upon arrival. If you’re not confident in doing this, take it to a local tech and have them do it for you. The easy stuff anyone can spot: Finish issues, problems with electronics, etc., but certain things may need to be looked at by a professional. With this particular install, they placed the bridge too far forward and the only way to compensate was to move the bridge back significantly to achieve proper intonation. This task, in my humble opinion, should have been done by the retailer, but unfortunately the small jobs get overlooked from time to time by the big box retailers. Just keep this in mind when buying a guitar online folks.

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an Alvarez from ‘79 that was on the bench for a new bone nut/saddle and a set up. This g...
04/14/2021

Good afternoon everyone! Here’s an Alvarez from ‘79 that was on the bench for a new bone nut/saddle and a set up. This guitar came all the way from Madison, AL! I won’t do a big write up because of all the steps involved, but feel free to look at the repair process in the photos below. After the repair the guitar sounds absolutely phenomenal and plays great as well with the action sitting at 6/64” at the 12th fret. I know my customer will be super excited to have his guitar back in tip top playing shape!

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

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 15:00

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
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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?