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After studying instrument making in the shop of Viennese luthier Johann Stauffer, Christian Frederick Martin returned to his hometown of Markneukirchen in what is now eastern Germany. The town's violin makers considered the guitar little more than furniture and forbade him from opening a business. Although he was eventually vindicated, hurt feelings and the death of his father caused him to pack his tools and immigrate with his wife and two children to the New World. He arrived in New York City in November 1833 and promptly set up a thriving music store near what is now the mouth of the Holland Tunnel. In 1839, he moved to Nazareth in eastern Pennsylvania, a small town of Germanic immigrants. There, his exquisitely made instruments evolved to provide the very definition of "the guitar." To this day, professional and amateur musicians prize Martin guitars for their tone, consistency, quality and attention to handcrafted detail.
"The guitars we're building today, I believe, are among the best in our company's history-models for every taste and playing style, from the traditional to the most avant-garde. When future generations look back at what we've done, I want them to see how much of our great tradition we have sustained and, at the same time, to see how boldly we have moved into the future."
-- Chris Martin, Sixth generation of the Martin family to run the business
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Silver-plated wound classical guitar strings. High tension with your choice of plain or ball ends.
The standard in bronze acoustic guitar strings, great for all acoustics. Unique in look, feel, and tone.
Martin acoustic guitar strings are made to deliver outstanding tone and playability during live performance...
Bluegrass mandolin strings are studio quality and made for fingerpicking and flat styles.
Couldn't afford a Martin in the past? Now you can. Order your left-handed Martin now.
Hand-silked bronze strings are crafted for superior intonation and response, and are great for all acoustic...
SP, Studio/Performance, series strings are made by Martin Strings craftspeople from an ultra-high-quality...
Check out this affordable 3-pack of Martin's quality light acoustic guitar strings.
The bold sound of a koa laminate body, paired with cutting-edge Fishman electronics, offered at a great price...
Made from high quality steel core and are plated with smooth acoustic bronze finish.
Beautifully weaved pattern with stamped Martin logo on cowhide leather.
Top quality, precision crafted acoustic strings for superior intonation and response. Excellent for all...
SP, Studio/Performance, series strings are made by Martin Strings craftspeople from an ultra high quality...
Brilliant sound and excellent longevity.
Long life and clear tone.