Press Release Archive
Martin Owners Club June 12, 2006 event
We want to thank each and every club member and guest
for coming to Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
The Cowboy Martin Rides Again
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 21 - Jul. 2006
C. F. Martin is pleased to introduce the Cowboy V Limited Edition guitar, the fifth issue in this unique and fun collection. Begun in 1999, the Cowboy Limited Edition series showcases original western art by illustrator Robert Armstrong on sturdy HPL (high pressure laminate) Martin guitars that sound as good as they look.
The Cowboy V Limited Edition’s colorful top features C. F. Martin Chairman Chris Martin, wife Diane Repyneck and young daughter Claire Francis Martin on horseback in a western landscape near sunset, with Chris serenading his wife and daughter on guitar while their trusty dog “Buddy” trots alongside. Although Chris Martin appears on previous Cowboy Limited Editions (he is the man with the branding iron on Cowboy IV), this is the first time the entire family has been portrayed.
A modified 0 size 14-fret with a short, easy-to-play 23" scale, the Cowboy V makes a great student, travel or living room guitar. The top is matched to back and sides of subtly patterned, matte finished Crosswalk Pattern HPL and a modified low oval neck of natural Stratabond for durability and impressive Martin tone. The headstock features a black textured HPL headplate with matching Gotoh black tuners and the familiar C. F. Martin decal logo in silkscreened gold. The end and strap pins also are black, as are the Micarta fingerboard and bridge, the Corian nut, and the TUSQ saddle. Only 500 Martin Cowboy V Limited Edition guitars will be produced. Each will be delivered in a padded gig bag and each will bear a special interior Cowboy V Limited Edition label that will be numbered in sequence with the edition total. Authorized C. F. Martin dealers will take orders for the Cowboy V until the edition is fully subscribed and the names of participating Martin dealers will be posted on the Martin website.
Martin Guitar Design Workshop
Originally envisioned as an exercise in pushing the limits of guitar design, this year's course boasted several guitars that made the transition to playable entity.
Chris Martin IV is steeped in tradition, but he has also been one who embraces alternative guitar building techniques and building materials. This course, held on the campus of Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, encourages its attendees to achieve their own unique vision of guitar building.
Mentored by master guitar builder Dale Unger and Martin's Director of Instrument Design Tim Teel, students executed their creations in 22 pound high-density modeling foam. This year's theme was based on the new Martin museum, giving students plenty of historical styling cues.
Several course graduates returned to the campus for orientation and the class received its yearly visit from Martin's Director of Artist Relations Dick Boak, who happens to be an accomplished instrument builder in his own right. Matt Artinger, a local builder/designer, was in attendance and offered his unique insight into the state of contemporary guitar design.
Each student received a Martin Backpacker for participation, and three prize guitars were awarded:
The Grand Prize winner was Tom Dougherty, and he received a Martin OMC-16ME maple guitar. Design, quality and presentation were used as selection criteria by the esteemed panel of judges for Martin Guitar.
The Participants' Choice Award went to Steve Mikisits, and his guitar was selected by his fellow students. The award was a Martin Graphite X guitar.
Howard Swidler was the winner of the Instructors' Choice award selected by Dale Unger and Tim Teel, and he received a Martin LX Realtree guitar.
The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum Visit
It's been five years since the organizers of the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum (UMGF) proposed a group visit to Chris Martin and he accepted…
Fully aware of the impact that this collection of enthusiasts could bring on the daily business routine, Chris wanted to coordinate their arrival with other large-scale events that take place on the Martin campus. This event coincides with the Company quarterly meeting, lunch and the kickoff of the Guitar Design Course offered with Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
UMGF members enjoyed a factory tour, visited the new museum, mingled with the workers, played new model guitars and sat down for a catered lunch and a speech from Chris under the very large tent.
By themselves, these events are a fairly large undertaking but, the UMGF members have turned their visit into a three-day get together of camaraderie, jam sessions, clinics and various other activities.
This year the Club booked famous Martin artist Laurence Juber to hold a clinic after their day here at the factory . But, we have to back up a bit. Since Laurence mentioned to Dick Boak (Director of Artist Relations) that he was in town that weekend, Dick helped coordinate a gig with the Borough of Nazareth as part of their Concert in The Park series Sunday night. The members were made aware of this good fortune and started arriving that Sunday. The Nazareth Borough Park has coincidentally become the backdrop for the Club's gatherings while they are in town.
In addition to Laurence's dazzling playing and arrangements, the public and members were treated to a surprise performance by none other than the Kingston Trio. Turns out, this was a "gift" coordinated by the Forum for Dick Boak.
As you see, this event is taking on a life of its own, and we are so thankful to be part of it. The year 2007 will bring the sixth annual visit, and we have already seen postings suggesting the event be stretched to a month! See you next year, Forum members.
4th Annual Supplier Conference
Rory Block was the featured performer September 27, 2006 for the 4th Annual Martin Supplier Conference held at the Martin factory. Listeners were treated to traditional Delta Blues in the styles of Robert Johnson, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt and the Reverend Gary Davis. As she switched effortlessly among four Rory Block Signature Model guitars tuned to different open tunings, Rory shared her own personal experiences with the music and its originators. It was a unique experience for the many suppliers in attendance.
The Martin Supplier Conference is a vehicle to encourage partnership and mutual growth between Martin and its vendors and suppliers. This year a special invitation was extended to the wood suppliers, and the unique perspective and passion they offered was appreciated and respected by all.
Chris Martin offered a very personal view of the Company as he welcomed the group through the new Martin Guitar Museum and Visitors Center. The vendors were also treated to an extensive tour of the Martin factory to personalize and celebrate our partnership. After an interactive day with many represented Martin departments and an awards ceremony, a social hour and dinner were held in the Visitors Center. We are very grateful for our relationship with our suppliers and would like to thank them for their hard work in helping us remain successful.