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 has 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.