There are some guitars that can be sold, and there are others that sell themselves. With a history of innovation and quality that has spanned 37 Presidents of the United States, C.F. Martin & Co. has been a standard bearer in the acoustic guitar world longer than any guitar maker on Earth.
Martin guitars have been synonymous with the highest quality acoustic guitars since the company's founding in 1833 by German immigrant Christian Frederick Martin Sr. Six generations later, the company remains owned by the Martin family and headed by CEO, Chris Martin. These instruments are unmatched in versatility, quality, innovation and stand as a beacon of American craftsmanship.
C.F. Martin Guitars, American Craftsmanship and American Music
In their song "The Weight" the Band sings, “Pulled into Nazareth …” This refers not to the birthplace of Jesus, but to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where nearly all Martins are crafted, except the DXM series, the LXM “Little Martin”, the Backpacker, and the Martin Ukes and Mandolins, which are made in Martin’s factory in Navojoa, Mexico. Legendary artists spanning all musical styles, such as Gene Autry, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Dave Matthews, have proudly strapped a Martin acoustic guitar over their shoulders.
Since its inception, C.F. Martin & Co. has made major improvements to the acoustic instrument design and sound, and for a century and a half the world has followed. The Dreadnought-style body, which is commonplace in modern day acoustic guitars, expanded the body size to add deep bass tones to compliment the crisp treble featured in "standard" smaller acoustic guitars of the time. The X-bracing pattern under the acoustic's top stabilized its construction while increasing vibration for a clearer sound. Martin also revolutionized acoustic guitar necks by extending them from 12 to 14 frets, which made higher notes much easier to reach. More recently, the Martin Performing Artist Series has brought a new level of sound quality to the Acoustic-Electric guitar.
Martin Guitars and the Environment
Martin's constant search for the next acoustic guitar innovation has recently led them to the forefront of an important issue: commitment to the environment. Martin is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified and a member of the Rainforest Alliance, meaning the leading manufacturer of acoustic guitars in the United States also lives by the highest standard of social and environmental consciousness. In fact, Martin guitars became one of the first acoustic guitar lines to construct a guitar completely from FSC-certified wood (the 2009 D Mahogany; others have followed). Check out the
Martin SWDGT Special Edition Sustainable Wood Acoustic Guitar.
Martin Acoustic Guitars
From the affordable D16GT model on up, Martin Acoustic Guitars are made by Martin in the USA and include features like the finest tonewoods, proven bracing, high-quality material, and time tested techniques. Vintage, collectible and discontinued Martin Acoustic Guitars have been known to increase in value to 6 figure levels (and Martin makes vintage reissues for much less), so you know your choice of a Martin Acoustic Guitar is a wise investment.
Martin Acoustic Electric Guitars
Martin Acoustic Electric Guitars, most notably the new Performing Artist Series, take the incredible sound and craftsmanship of Martin Acoustic guitars to a new level. Each of these guitars has a cutaway design allowing you to reach the highest notes with ease, the same fine tone as the great Martin acoustics, and a specially designed Fishman AURA sound system that lets you send the pure Martin tone to your sound system or recording, without losing any of subtlety.
Inexpensive Martin Guitars
There are no cheap Martin acoustics, but there are inexpensive ones; The Backpacker, the Little Martins, and the DXM series guitars made in Martin’s facilities in Mexico have achieved amazing sound, while using money saving manufacturing techniques and high pressure laminate tops and sides in place of the solid tonewoods of their American counterparts. These are available as Acoustic and Acoustic Electric Guitars. When looking for an affordable Martin, beware of anything coming from the far east; Martin does not manufacture there, but there are poor quality counterfeits being made.