C.F. Mountain Acoustic Guitars, Business Ethics, and Opinions
C.F. Mountain Acoustic Guitars - If You Haven't Already Caught On To The Lack Of Ethics Here, Then Read On
I'm a guitar snob, but most specifically, I'm a steel string acoustic guitar snob. I can listen to, look at, talk about, or play acoustic guitars, and acoustic guitar music all day long on a good day. If you factor in how much I like to talk about specific songs, musicians, and instruments - then you could possibly then realize how important these things seem to be to me.
I'm not here to discuss my priorities or dispositions towards mental ping pong here, I'm here to present some things for the readers in hopes that they leave this page with some sort of understanding or knowledge that they previously did not have.
C.F. Mountain - poor imitation is poor flattery
C.F. Mountain vs C.F. Martin - No Comparison Should Be Honored
Look, straight up - I've never touched a guitar by the dubious "C.F. Mountain" company. I have absolutely no idea if those guitars are worth fifty cents, or fifty thousand each. I suspect that some of them are likely very good guitars - most likely they are intermediate level in quality, and possibly beginner level. Down in my comments here, a man named Dave from over in England, assures me that his Mountain guitar is as fine a guitar as any Martin that he's played. I'll tell you the truth here - if I did own one, I'd probably take some sandpaper, and sand off that horrible "C.F. Mountain" thing on the head stock. THAT "C.F. Mountain" is something that is pathetic, and if you do not know what is pathetic about it, then you realize now what my motive is in publishing this hub.
Well, upon further review of my mind - it's very likely that I HAVE played a "C.F. Mountain" guitar. I've put my hands on so many acoustic guitars that no record could ever possibly be accurate. Guess what? I do not recall every playing one - but C.F. Martin acoustic guitars - I remember them all. I recall them with more clarity than I do half of the Asian massage parlour girls that I've known in Dallas, Texas. Hopefully I won't need to clarify that one for you too much.
C.f. Martin - the Real Thing!
C.F. Martin & Co
Listen, everybody copies C.F. Martin acoustic guitars - well, not EVERYBODY, but most all great acoustic steel string flat top guitars are based in large part on the designs of the C.F. Martin guitar company. There's nothing new about copying Martin guitars. The problem here with these "C.F. Mountain" guitars is that this manufacturer tried to display the dubious name, "C.F. Mountain" on the head stock of their guitars to where someone could be fooled. Sure, it would have to be a fool to be so fooled, but this stinker of a manufacturer gets a big huge F on their ethics permanent record.
They even went the "extra mile" in being unethical, these "C.F. Mountain" folk. From the pictures, one can clearly see the "established in 1946" under the almost duplicate in appearance "C.F. Mountain." C.F. Martin & Co., however, was established in the United States of America in 1833! Martin is perhaps the oldest company in the United States, and it's still going VERY STRONG.
Be on the lookout, you shoppers for used Acoustic Steel String Instruments - but if you own one of these "C.F. Mountain" guitars, please don't be mad at the guitar, it's a rather inanimate object that depends upon you to create music with it. Just please, please don't try to pass the thing off as a C.F. Martin instrument, you don't want a big fat F on your permanent ethics record, do you?
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