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Thread #38384   Message #539355
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
31-Aug-01 - 07:41 PM
Thread Name: Heel pin placement-Martin
Subject: RE: Heel pin placement-Martin
Frank Ford, he da man, for sure, but he omitted one option, which is the one I would take if maximizing the resale value of the Martin was a consideration.

Remove the heel cap, which may be rosewood. ivoroid or whatever depending on the model (or get a luthier to do it,) and put it somewhere safe. Then drill your pilot hole and fit the strap pin.

When you want to sell it, re-cap the heel with the original veneer and bingo ! Pristine condition.

The disadvantage, as Frank Ford points out is that this position is not actually the most effective location for the pin, as the guitar does have a tendency to tilt forward.