Yes, I have bought new Martins.
Here is what Robert Corwin, the collector and photographer I linked to above, had to say about it. I posted to the thread on the Vintage Corner messageboard, where I am also WordMan:
[including my post to that thread, which he quoted in his reply] WordMan wrote:
I believe this era of Martin guitars are going for $3,000 - $$6,000, in general. Dick Boak’s FB comments describe the guitar as “priceless.”
To be clear: as a huge Martin fan, it is priceless as a wonderful instrument that had lasted this long.
But do we have a sense for how straightforward it might be to have Martin replace this guitar in their museum timeline? Did it have an attribute or two that are particularly uncommon in the pool of Civil War-era Martins that are still around?
I was shocked and disturbed by this story. But in all honesty, Wordman has it right. This guitar is neither “priceless” nor irreplaceable. For the entire 1870’s and '80’s Martin was making indistinguishable cookie cutter guitars, and virtually no custom orders. I can’t think of a single priceless 1870’s Martin. And even if there were one, a priceless Martin would not have been appropriate for folks living in the time and conditions of this story line.
It may have been easier and possibly cheaper for the filmmakers to purchase three identical 1870 0-18 Martins than to borrow a guitar and make replicas. And with a value of $3 to $6K, why cry over the negligible difference between the full replacement value and the actual insured cost, which might pay a publicist for a few hours at best.
So, it sounds like Martin is overspinning their reaction, I am assuming because of how they were initially portrayed.