Dick Boak’s gorgeous photo compilation, C.F. Martin & Co. (Images of America), is a must read for anyone who loves not only guitars, but a classic American success story.
The formula for C.F. Martin & Co.’s success has always been an unparalleled commitment to precise handcraftsmanship blended with optimum tonewoods, innovation, and singular design. This family business has persevered from the Civil War through the present and remains the oldest surviving maker of stringed instruments in the world. It is the largest and most respected producer of acoustic guitars in America. The images in this book trace the remarkable development of the acoustic guitar in the hands of six generations of Martin family members who have managed the business from 1833 to today. C.F. Martin & Co. captures the buildings, employees, musicians, and exquisite instruments that have contributed to a lasting legacy.
The book is available online through Martin’s 1833 Shop.
Author Bio: An employee since 1976, Dick Boak has held many positions at C.F. Martin & Co. During his time with the company, he initiated their highly visible signature edition guitar program that has produced artist models for more than 100 legendary musicians, including Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Mayer, and Sting. Dick currently manages the company’s museum and archives. C.F. Martin IV is the chairman and majority shareholder of C.F. Martin & Co. and the sixth generation of the Martin family to run the business. Under his leadership, the company maintains its integrity while growing and prospering to unprecedented new heights.
Here is a video of a Martin Guitars factory tour with Dick Boak: