Diane Ponzio (Martin Guitar rep) said a few notable things regarding the "show special" guitar:
Even though Ponzio mentioned the Figured English Walnut, ornate carving and inlay, and "gorgeous, gorgeous tuners" on what she referred to as a "Martin Carthy"-quality guitar, she said, "And you know what's really interesting about this, <name>, the bridge pins, they're from a company called 'Liquidmetal.'" To me, that says A LOT about what Martin Guitar thinks of Liquidmetal, especially considering the enhanced, and desirable, acoustic properties of that very expensive guitar.
After an attendee said, "You could put these on any guitar," Ponzio replied, "You could, if you could get Liquidmetal to make them for you." The implication is that Martin might not have an exclusive license. And it would be to our benefit as shareholders if they didn't. Every non-classical acoustic guitar uses bridge pins.
It is interesting to note that Liquidmetal "has entered into a development agreement with C.F. Martin & Co. ® (Martin Guitar) to design a guitar component to be made of Liquidmetal amorphous alloys and manufactured utilizing the Liquidmetal injection molding machine." However, the bridge pins are not developmental; they are working end products being touted at the National Association of Music Marketers. This obviously means that Liquidmetal has been working with Martin Guitar for some time, without fanfare, and without our knowledge. It is possible, therefore, that the "developmental agreement" refers to some other component, such as tuners. Perhaps the bridge pins were the test...and Liquidmetal passed the test.
“These (Liquidmetal bridge pins) give you 40 more dBs, so we might be seeing these bridge pins in other <inaudible> (assume she said/implied other Martin models).
Where I think Liquidmetal could really shine, however, is in the machine head tuners. These are subjected to constant pressure caused by the tension in the strings, and are being turned all the time. Metal on metal wear.
My wife plays a "Little Martin" guitar, so we are very interested from this standpoint too. I would LOVE to replace the bridge pins with the Liquidmetal variety.
Yes, still here. Welcome back, Watts!