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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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A phenomenal price for a solid-rosewood 15-Series guitar!
An environment 'conscious" guitar, made in keeping with ecological responsibility.
Backpacker portable classical guitar with nylon strings and a padded carrying bag.
Gloss with aging toner, special series, golden era, acoustic, adirondack red spruce top with solid mahogany...
Whether you're a seasoned professional, or a picker-in-training, the Martin X Series DX1AE has got your...
Acoustic guitar case. Molded plastic.
Martin Marquis Acoustic Guitar Strings are specifically designed to give you excellent tone, clarity, and...
SP, Studio/Performance, series strings are made by Martin Strings craftspeople from an ultra-high quality...
Martin acoustic guitar strings are made to deliver outstanding tone and playability during live performance...