Martins & More with Spoon Phillips

Martins & More with Spoon Phillips

This podcast features the conversation and opinions of musician T Spoon Phillips. A writer by trade, Spoon’s longtime association with professional musicians, luthiers, and music historians affords him a richly unique perspective on all things acoustic guitar. This includes decades of close friendship with executives and employees at C. F. Martin & Company, past and present, and the host of this podcast, Maury Rutch of Maury’s Music.

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February 19, 2024 61 mins

In today's episode of Martins & More, we're discussing Martin 12 string guitars. Current models, limited editions, the first Martin 12-strings ever made - and all points in-between. We'll even compare notes on our favorite 12-strings artist - and songs! Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their 12-string chat on. 

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A few episodes ago, we critiqued Rolling Stone's 250 greatest guitarists list. Upon hearing that show, our friend John asked us to "do the top female guitarists next... and include Marshall from Martin VS Martin". This episode is exactly that. The greatest female guitarists (according to Maury, Spoon and Marshall).

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February 5, 2024 59 mins

The NEW 2024 NAMM Martins Now that we've played many of the new 2024 NAMM Martins, we'd like to give you our real impressions - from a player's point of view. Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their 2024 NAMM chat on.

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January 29, 2024 70 mins

In today's episode we're discussing the new Remastered X Series from Martin Guitar. We'll talk about the 00-X2E Cocobolo, D-X2E 12 Brazilian, GPC-X2E Ziricote - and so many more! New innovations like beveled fingerboard edges, refined string spacing & gorgeous new HPL pattern backs & sides. Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon discuss these brand new X series NAMM offerings from Martin Guitar.

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January 22, 2024 62 mins

NEW Martin Guitar models for NAMM 2024! In today's episode we're discussing the NEW 2024 offerings from Martin Guitar, introduced at Winter NAMM. Standard series SC-18E and SC-28E, The remastered X series, the controversial GPCE Inception Maple - and more! Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon dive deep into the exciting new Martin guitars from NAMM 2024!

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In today's episode we're discussing the Rolling Stone 250 greatest guitarists of all time. List like these were made for debating - and now it's our turn to dissect and debunk this enormous - and erroneous, collection. Should Neil Young be 100  spots higher than Stephen Stills? Does Joe Bonamassa deserve to be omitted? Where (if at all) does your favorite guitarist rank on this list? Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon tear a...

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January 9, 2024 48 mins

In today's episode we're discussing the NEW Martin GPCE Inception Maple! With its revolutionary new bracing, environmentally-friendly construction & gorgeous new sunburst shade, this brand-new offering from CF Martin deserves an episode all to itself. Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon dive deep into this exciting new guitar from NAMM 2024!

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January 1, 2024 56 mins

In today's episode we're celebrating the fact that Martin Guitar turns 190! The legendary guitar company released the new Martin D-19 to commemorate this joyous occasion, and we need to unpack all the details for you. We'll also chat about the new Joan Baez display at the Martin museum & even discuss different kinds of acoustic pickups (by request). Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their 190th birthday chat on.

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December 25, 2023 64 mins

Welcome to season 4! In today's episode we're discussing Christmas & Holiday music. We'll find out which Christmas songs Spoon grew up with, which holiday programs Maury thinks of when you mention the holidays, and we'll gush about our favorite acoustic Christmas albums. Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their holiday music chat on! 

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November 20, 2023 58 mins

In today's episode, Maury & Spoon discuss the fact that Maury's Music is up for sale. After 20 years, Maury & Lori have decided to retire from retail. Will Maury continue to produce YouTube videos? Will Maury & Spoon continue podcasting? These answers and more - on the season 3 finale of Martins & More!. Sit back & enjoy this season 3 finale of M&M!

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November 13, 2023 58 mins

Blueridge Guitar hidden gems! In today's episode we're discussing more under-the-radar guitars at Maury's Music. For one reason or another, we recognize that these guitars don't always get the attention they deserve. This is a list of those great Blueridge guitars that are easily overlooked - but shouldn't be. Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon find out, as they get their Blueridge hidden gems chat on!

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November 6, 2023 59 mins

In today's episode we're we're talking with our pal Katie Fawkes - director of Marketing at Ecamm Live.  Ecamm is the software that powers all of Maury's Music's online video content. Martins & More, Mystery Guitar, Guitar Store Virtual Tour - and this program, Martins & More - they all have one thing in common: Maury uses Ecamm Live to record them, edit them & livestream them. Sit back & relax as Maury, Spoon &...

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October 30, 2023 48 mins

In today's episode we're discussing some recent Martin Guitar news. Rather than choose 1 specific topic for the entire show, we thought we'd experiment by jumping into a few topics today. Please let us know what you think of this format. On today's to-do list:

  • Martin Backstage All-access exclusive content debuts
  • The Martin D-15E is a ruse!
  • The Woodstock Luthier Show
  • 20 questions & more!

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October 23, 2023 49 mins

In today's episode we're discussing some great Martin Guitar hidden gems - at any price. At Maury's Music, lots of players ask us lots of questions about which guitar to buy, and among the almost 200 models, many just seem to get overlooked. Well that stops here- because today, they get center stage! Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their hidden gem chat on, once again!  

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October 16, 2023 60 mins

In today's episode we're discussing some great Martin Guitar hidden gems under $1000. At Maury's Music, lots of players ask us lots of questions about which guitar to buy, and among the almost 200 models, many just seem to get overlooked. Well that stops here- because today, they get center stage! Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their hidden gem chat on!  

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October 9, 2023 67 mins

In today's episode we're discussing Martin Guitar's NEW members-only club: Backstage! Backstage is brand new for 2023, and its a program that replaces the previous Martin Owners Club (MOC). When you enroll in Backstage, you’ll get exclusive perks, discounts on some of your favorite Martin merchandise, chances to win unique prize packs, and so much more. Is it worth it? How do our friends at the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum feel a...

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In today's episode we discuss the all-mahogany Martin 15 series and how it compares to the all-mahogany (technically sapele) road series. The 15 series is made in the USA and features simple dovetail construction. The Martin road series is made in Mexico and costs approximately half the price. Which one should you go for? Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their all-hog chat on!

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September 25, 2023 54 mins

Today's episode was recorded on-location at Blues Creek Guitars in Hegins, PA! Our good friend John Hall - or Tippie as he's widely known - runs a top-notch Martin repair shop, builds his own instruments, performs conversions & even teaches a guitar building class. John's been our friend since the beginning & we're so glad we finally found the time to chat with him. Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their Blues ...

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September 18, 2023 64 mins

When did Maury's Music open its doors & how did Spoon Phillips get involved? This topic was requested by a loyal listener & we're excited to chat about the good old days. What was the very first demo video on Maury's YouTube channel? How long was it before Spoon was seen in videos? Why did he choose the famous green sweater? Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon stroll down memory lane.

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In today's episode we're discussing the NEW Martin Guitar John Mayer 20th Anniversary Models: The OM-45 John Mayer Anniversary and the OMJM John Mayer 20th Anniversary. How does the new OMJM 20th compare to the original? What can we expect Engelmann & Guatemalan to sound like on the OM-45 Mayer? Why were these guitars delayed at the 11th hour? Sit back & relax as Maury & Spoon get their 20th anniversary John Mayer chat ...

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