Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

The Martin Guitar Bible is on sale now!

There’s no doubt that history is of huge importance in the guitar industry.


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Of all the major brands, only CF Martin & Co can trace an unbroken line of family ownership back as far as 1833, when German immigrant Christian Fredrick Martin Sr arrived in New York City and began crafting musical instruments on Manhattan’s Lower West Side.

As well as being intertwined with the history of the United States of America, the story of the Martin guitar company is woven into the evolution of popular music itself.

Back in January, we were lucky enough to visit the company’s Nazareth, Pennsylvania headquarters. In-house historian and archivist Dick Boak kindly showed us around the Martin Museum and allowed us to get behind the glass to photograph – and even play – choice highlights from a collection of spellbinding instruments.

One thing they all had in common – whether they were manufactured during the period when Andrew Jackson sat in the White House, in the company’s pre-WWII ‘golden era’ or examples built in more recent times – was an almost supernatural tonal quality that filled the room in a way that only the very best acoustic instruments can.

It’s not all about the past though, and what this 132-page celebration of America’s oldest guitar company proves is that Martin is unwilling to rest on its laurels.

In 2017, the company places a high value on innovation and sustainability that should easily see it last for another 184 years and then some. Special thanks then, to all at Martin who helped us throughout a project that we hope you’ll enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed compiling it.

Be warned, however: if you don’t own a Martin instrument already, get ready to want one…

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