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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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Solid woods with a slim, more comfortable playing width up the neck.
Compact body size, huge sound.
A versatile and affordable Martin loaded with modern elements.
Silverplated wound classical guitar strings. High tension with your choice of plain or ball ends.
With its Venetian cutaway, modified low oval neck and Roland AP-1 onboard electronics, the OMC-16GTE offers...
Incredible sound, unbeatable value.
With its Venetian cutaway, modified low oval neck and Roland AP-1 onboard electronics, this dreadnought offers...
A Martin 12-string solid top at an amazing price!
Martin's OM-21 acoustic guitar features an OM/000 body design, rosewood body, Sitka spruce top, 25.4" scale,...
Martin's legendary tone at an extraordinary price.
Crafted of solid genuine mahogany with traditional cedar linings.
Beautiful tonewoods and a cutting-edge preamp make this guitar a player's dream.
Made with traditional Hawaiian koa tonewood.
Backpacker portable classical guitar with nylon strings and a padded carrying bag.