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New Book on Invention of the American Guitar Finds Early Spanish Influence

New York, New York – A new book on the early history of the American guitar, "Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries," documents the Spanish influence on C. F. Martin and the evolution of the iconic American flat-top steel string acoustic guitar.

Genesis of American Guitar to be Explored in Metropolitan Museum’s New Exhibition

New York, New York - Thirty-five rare guitars that illustrate the early history of the instrument in America will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning January 14.  Drawn from the Museum’s own holdings as well as from the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and several private collections, Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin will trace the birth of the American guitar by shedding light on the contributions of Christian Frederick Martin, a German immigrant who invented a uniquely American form of the guitar in the first half of the 19th century.  The exhibition will highlight the largest collection of instruments by this renowned maker ever to be displayed publicly, including the earliest known guitar signed by Martin, the earliest established guitar with his famed X-braced construction, and several extraordinary decorated examples of his work.  Also on view will be a 1939 guitar made by Martin Guitar that was played by Eric Clapton on MTV’s Unplugged series in 1992, representing the long trajectory of guitar building by the company founded by Christian Frederick Martin.

C.F. Martin & Co. Releases “180 Years of Music Tradition” Interactive Tool

Nazareth, PA – C.F. Martin & Co. has launched “180 Years of Music Tradition,” a new interactive tool for music enthusiasts that highlights the guitar maker’s vast musical influence. Available at, fans can click and zoom through a variety of artists and see how Martin Guitar was essential in creating history’s most influential sounds. Genres include Blues, Contemporary Jazz, Gospel, Rock ‘n Roll, Western Swing, Folk and many others. By clicking on an artist, a pop-up box will appear with a brief history and an embedded Spotify track. The tool is a unique and interactive way to show how music is the result of one generation influencing another.

Martin Guitar to Unveil Two Outstanding New Custom Shop Models at Winter NAMM 2014

Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 5454, Hall B) – C. F. Martin & Co. ( will unveil two new beautifully crafted Custom Shop models, the Eric Clapton OM-ECHF Navy Blues Model and the CS-00S-14, at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, Jan. 23-26, 2014. 

"We are very fortunate to be unveiling the next signature edition in our ongoing collaboration with longtime Martin player Eric Clapton," said Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin & Co. "Martin Guitar GM Fred Greene and the Custom Shop team are proud of its excellent history creating some of the most exceptional guitars in the market, and partnering with some of the most illustrious players in the world. The craftsmanship displayed with this new edition, as well as the new  CS-00S-14, speaks to that legacy."

Martin Guitar Revisits its Historic Roots With Two Innovative Series to be Unveiled at Winter NAMM 2014

Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 5454, Hall B) – C. F. Martin & Co. ( continues to revisit their historic roots by further enhancing stylistic and technical innovations from some of their best vintage models from past decades including the 20s, 30s, 40s and 60s. Outstanding examples of these new models will be featured in two newly expanded series, Retro and Authentics, and will be unveiled at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California January 23-26, 2014. The iconic acoustic guitar-maker will also introduce to attendees two new additions to its acclaimed Road Series, and a reinterpretation of a classic Martin product, Martin Retro™ Strings.

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