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Martin Guitar introduces 2004 new stock models

Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 17 - Jul. 2004

In addition to the new signature edition guitars being unveiled at NAMM's Summer Session, Martin is proudly introducing a new line of stock models. Guitars include two new Little Martins. The LX1 and LX1E feature solid spruce tops and mahogany grained HPL back and sides. The LX1E is equipped with Fishman Mini Q Electronics. New from Martins' X-Series is the Dreadnought cutaway DCX1KE. With a solid Spruce top and koa grained HPL back and sides, the guitar also features onboard electronics. The DCX1RE is a Dreadnought cutaway with a solid spruce top and rosewood grained HPL back and sides, featuring onboard electronics.

Three new standard series stock models include a 000-42 with appointments that match the popular D-42. The J-41 Special is a jumbo model with vintage series appointments including style 45 snowflake inlays, forward shifted scalloped bracing and grained ivoroid bindings. The OM-42 Quilted Maple II is a limited edition run of only 30 special instruments. The Style 42 Orchestra Model features beautifully figured rare quilted maple, toned with a "British tan" violin style hand applied stain.

Two new electric/acoustic models are the DC-AURA and OMC-AURA. The Dreadnought and Orchestra models include the Fishman "Aura" System, full gloss lacquer finish and enhanced appointments that feature Style 41 top inlay, hexagon outline fingerboard inlays, and C. F. Martin script logo in mother of pearl on the headplate.

New Marquis Series offerings include the D-28 Marquis Sunburst and D-28 Marquis. Both guitars feature Pre-war herringbone D-28 specifications with the addition of an adjustable truss rod. Marquis Series feature Golden Era appointments with East Indian rosewood back, sides, and headplate.

Two new Vintage Series Acoustic Electric Models include the D18VE and HD28VE, both stock models with new non-invasive Fishman onboard electronics.

A new Tattoo Special Edition includes HPL imprinted graphics that draw unique inspiration from Tattoo related art forms. A special case and tattoo theme strap included.

Internet fans of Martin Guitar flock to Nazareth

by Sherri Hoff

It was a beautiful, sunny day filled with fun, excitement, visitors and a company car show. This was the day when approximately 150 Martin Guitar enthusiasts flocked to the company's factory for the third annual gathering of the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum. This internet family of Martin Maniacs has grown to nearly 6,000 members since it began in March 2001.

In addition to the Forum members, Martin Guitar sponsors a Guitar Design program at our local Community College, Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township. The participants of the class kick off their design course program by taking a tour of the Martin Guitar factory and are addressed by Chris Martin.

The day begins at 7:00 AM throughout the morning as visitors arrive and are greeted by the Martin Guitar 'Fretty's' while acoustic guitar music welcomes them to our facility. Forum members arrive for pre-scheduled tours, every 15 minutes, beginning at 8:15 AM and culminating with the last tour at 10:15 AM. The members were invited to view and play our newest prototype guitars that were released at the July NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee. Chris Martin then met with the group for a question and answer period before a catered lunch was shared with all company employees. The day featured an employee car show, which included everything from new model vehicles to antique trucks, cars and motorcycles, 50 in all.

All visitors, as well as the guitar design and forum members were invited to share lunch on this special day, while employees and a few forum members provided music on the company float during the lunch periods.

This day coincided with one of the company's quarterly update meetings and distribution of profit sharing checks.

The Martin LX Realtree® Perfect For the Great Outdoors

realtreeSource: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 19 - Jul. 2005

This Special Edition LX Realtree model is sporting the extremely popular Realtree Hardwoods HD™ camouflage pattern incorporated into a custom high-pressure laminate that is used to construct the body and headplate of this Little Martin guitar. As the name suggests, the pattern (developed by Bill Jordan) is designed to mimic the look of the real outdoors. Bill spent many hours developing and perfecting the surprisingly realistic camouflage pattern. Realtree's proprietary High Definition™ printing process brings this pattern to life.

The camouflage pattern appears on the headplate, top, back and sides. Using custom high-pressure laminate for all of these parts is a first for Martin. The Gotoh tuning gears and strap button are finished in Cosmo Black, which complements the Realtree Hardwoods theme. A natural colored Stratabond neck adds strength to the design.

This guitar will appeal to anyone interested in the outdoors and sport hunting. What a fun piece of gear to own as a long day of trekking in the woods draws to an end and you relax by the campfire playing this guitar. High-pressure laminate makes the guitar very durable and scratch resistant, and the smaller size makes it ideal for young guitarists or for travel.

Each instrument is furnished with a custom made Realtree patterned backpack-style gig bag, complete with an embroidered "hunter's orange" C. F. Martin & Co. logo, that will help you blend into the natural environment while traveling from home to the woods or back again!

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Players Vote Martin Best Acoustic Guitar

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Source: Acoustic Guitar Magazine

C. F. Martin & Co. Receives Nine Coveted "Players' Choice" Awards

String Letter Press¹s Acoustic Guitar Magazine recently announced the voting results of the 2004 Players' Choice Awards. Each category consisted of gold, silver and bronze award winners. Awards were given to the companies with the most votes in each category. These awards were voted on by the people who are out there using the products and making music, not doled out by the editors or ³experts in the field.² Formal award announcements will be made in the February 2005 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Martin is proud to have received the honor of the best acoustic guitar award and would like to thank everyone who voted.

Claire's Guitar

Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 19 - Jul. 2005

claireClaire Frances Martin may be the seventh generation in a guitar building dynasty, but as a cute-as-a-button baby, she isn’t thinking about the future yet. Still, birthright is birthright, and C. F. Martin & Co. has decided to get its prospective leader off to a good start by building her a first guitar. Little and exquisite like its inspiration, Claire’s Guitar celebrates her arrival in spectacular style.

Like the Mini Martin the Company currently offers, Claire’s Guitar is a diminutive Size 5 guitar, with gracefully rounded upper bouts, 12 frets to the body and a 21.4” scale ideal for its traditional tuning: a minor 3rd (three steps) above standard. However, Claire’s Guitar is the fanciest Size 5 C. F. Martin has produced in more than 80 years, one destined to capture a young girl’s – or a guitar connoisseur’s – heart.

Choice solid tonewoods give Claire’s Guitar impressive tone and volume for a small instrument. Back and sides of rare CITES-certified Brazilian rosewood are paired with a top of premium Sitka spruce for warm, full resonance, while unscalloped 1/4” top braces contribute clarity and focus. The low oval neck with diamond volute is carved from genuine mahogany, while both fingerboard and bridge are crafted from black ebony.

These choice tonewoods are matched by equally choice appointments. Both the Style 45 rosette and Style 41 top purfling feature beautiful inlays of Korean Awabi, a fine textured abalone with shimmering turquoise, pink and silver highlights, flanked by mitered black/white/black line accents. Both the top and back are bound in grained ivoroid, while a colorful Style 45 backstrip bisects the bookmatched back.

The traditional C. F. Martin & Co. logo is inlaid in Korean Awabi pearl on the Brazilian rosewood headplate, but underneath, the “Est. 1833” has been replaced by Claire’s 9/13/04 birth date inlaid in matching pearl. Adding to its beauty, the solid headstock is fitted with gold Waverly tuners with ivoroid butterbean knobs.

Created especially for this guitar, the fingerboard inlay of diamonds, squares and snowflakes culminates in a tiny footprint (think birth certificate) between the 17th and 18th frets. In keeping with the guitar’s pearl accents, its genuine bone bridge pins and endpin are topped with Korean Awabi pearl dots. Both the nut and long saddle are crafted from genuine bone.

Aging toner on the top adds to Claire’s Guitar’s timeless beauty, while polished gloss finish on the body accentuates the beautiful tonewoods and pearl inlays. The neck, featuring Martin’s new two-way adjustable rod, receives a satin finish for playing comfort. In another bow to tradition, this special guitar is available only as a pure acoustic (without a factory-installed pickup system).

Only 100 of Claire’s Guitar will be produced. Delivered in a fitted Geib style case, each will bear an interior label personally signed by Claire’s dad (and Martin Chairman) C. F. Martin IV and Claire’s mom Diane S. Repyneck, and numbered in sequence. Beginning immediately, authorized C. F. Martin dealers will take orders for Claire’s Guitar. After the edition has been fully committed, the names of participating dealers will be available on the Martin website.

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