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Miss Pennsylvania Contestants Visit the Martin Factory

Nazareth, Pennsylvania - 2007 Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant contestants visited the Martin Factory on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, for one of their many scheduled public appearances. This is the second year contestants included Martin Guitar as one of their destinations, and their visit included the factory tour. The pageant is held at local Nazareth High School and the winner will go on to represent the Keystone State at the Miss America Pageant.

National Guitar Workshop

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New Milford, CT - Joel Zingone, a CNC Operator at C. F. Martin & Co., had heard about the National Guitar Workshop and thought it would be "cool" to go. He never dreamed he would get the chance. That opportunity happened in the way of C. F. Martin's affiliation with the week-long workshop. Because of Martin's sponsorship, one student's tuition is complimentary. Joel, an intermediate guitar player, was apprehensive, but inquired anyway, expecting skill to decide attendance. Instead, he was chosen and got the week of a lifetime.

Since 1984, the National Guitar Workshop, a premier music camp, has proudly educated musicians of all ages. NGW's outstanding faculty, combined with its highly developed curriculum, makes every week at the Workshop a unique and exceptional learning experience.

Joel's day was filled with classes, clinics and concerts. Top notch instructors including jazz legend and Martin Guitar clinician Joe Beck, were in residence. Joel was impressed by the diversity of styles represented. Ideas and concepts were abundant. He was also impressed by the talent level of the staff: their level of knowledge, communication ability, approachability and also with their professionalism. He was never made to feel intimidated by his skill level.

Joel was thrilled - he felt like a goodwill ambassador for Martin Guitar. Students were of all ages and Joel made friends easily. "My name is Joel and I work at Martin Guitar" was a good ice breaker with hundreds of guitar players around.

He needs some time to take it all in, but he definitely feels like he progressed as a guitar player. Would he love to go next year? "Yes, I was honored and privileged to have attended, I didn't want to leave."

Martin Hosts the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum

Nazareth, PA - Nearly two hundred Martin enthusiasts made their sixth annual summer trek to the small borough of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. They plan a weekend that is full of camaraderie and music making plus a visit and reception at the Martin factory.

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This year, there were Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum member sightings as early as Thursday, August 2nd and a group of fifty gathered at a local restaurant for dinner Friday evening. Several Martin employees were in attendance.

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Sunday August 5th - the second annual softball game between the UMGF "Vintage Toners" and the Martin "Dreadnoughts". Before the game, a moment of silence was offered for departed club member Dave Kaskeski. The event is held at the Nazareth Borough Park and I am glad to report that the trophy will remain in Nazareth for another year. Score 15-9.

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Monday August 6th - There were several events planned throughout the day for the UMGF members. The new Austin NAMM 2007 guitar models and select Custom Shop guitars were on display for everyone to enjoy. Club members were given a factory tour and Martin Customer Service and Repair held an informative Q & A session on guitar care and maintenance.

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A delicious lunch was served under the giant tent. Chris Martin addressed the Forum members on guitar issues, then fielded questions from the group. Chris's wife Diane and daughter Claire Frances were in attendance. All members who wanted their guitars signed by Chris were given the opportunity.

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As this day winds down, you realize the passion of this group. They are particularly well-informed, well-studied in anything Martin, and they are ferociously protective of their guitars and the 174-year-old company that makes them.

Summer NAMM 2007 - Sizzling New Models Introduced In Austin


Austin, TX - There were plenty of spectacular new Martin guitars to see and play at the Summer NAMM show in Austin, Texas. 15 new guitar models comprised of a mix of Signature models, Limited and Special Editions, Commemorative models and new stock models. There was also a large presence of special custom dealer models slated for the newly-created 1833 Dealer program. Some of the models you will see in stores before year end 2007! Check out all the new models at

Country music star Travis Tritt spent several hours in the Martin booth greeting fans. The new HDC-40 Travis Tritt model celebrates Travis' 25 year anniversary in the music business. For more information on this model, visit Travis Tritt

The all new Martin FX™ Flexible Core String line, as well as Martin SP® High Tuning Nashville Style strings and Martin® Light/Medium strings, join the Martin string family. To help you "Define your Sound," look for the new Martin SP® and Marquis® 3-set Combo Pack at your favorite music retailer.


HOGs Visit Martin Factory

Nazareth, PA - Approximately 50 members of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), the official riding club of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, visited the Martin factory as part of a "Keystone Touring Rally." Riders and passengers toured both the factory and the Martin Guitar Museum.

Representing 17 states from Vermont to Texas as well as Canada, the riders were taking part in a ride sponsored by local "Battlefield" and "Lehigh Valley" chapters. There are more than 1,400 chapters worldwide and 40 chapters in Pennsylvania alone that plan numerous tours, both guided and self-guided, and events that encourage camaraderie, riding and fun.

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