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July 28, 2014
Evening With Chris Martin

On Friday, July 25th, 100 Martin Owners Club members and their guests attended the first "Evening With Chris Martin" event held at our factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Chris Martin IV mingled with guests and delivered a "Word from Chris" speech after which he accepted questions from members. Chris also met with each member individually for signings and photos.

Members enjoyed beverages and hors d'oeuvres, toured the factory and visited the 1833 Shop and museum. A CEO 7 model was raffled off and the winner was Martin Owners Club member Tom Behan of New York!

We will be holding another "Evening with Chris Martin" in Summer 2015. Our valued Martin Owners Club members will be notified of the details once confirmed. Remember your membership must be current in order to register for an opportunity to attend!

July 18, 2014
Membership Brings Rewards at Summer NAMM

A Martin Owners Club member shows his key to unlock his Martin experience at Summer NAMM, happening now down in Nashville, Tennessee.


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Save Elephants

“The guitars we’re building today, I believe, are among the best in our company’s history.
When future generations look back at what we’ve done together, my hope is for them to see how much of our great tradition we have sustained, while at the same time, to see how boldly we have moved into the future.”

-Chris Martin IV, Chairman & CEO

Martin Guitar has a long history of environmental stewardship. We appreciate the value that our customers place on our instruments and we believe the feel and sound are inseparable from the materials we use. Our ecological policies were formalized in 1990, embracing the judicious management and responsible use of natural materials and alternative wood species. Long before that, however, we substituted a synthetic for the ivory used on our instruments. In the 1960s, we began to phase out the usage of ivory because the demand led to soaring prices of tusks, which in turn, resulted in the slaughter of elephants. We created a hang tag for our guitars, at that time, that reinforced our position on the usage of elephant ivory with the message that "C.F. Martin & Company refused to be a contributor to this atrocity.

We have continued to develop and use materials that we believe comply with our sense of environmental stewardship. In 2013, we decided to stop using Preserved Mammoth Ivory (PMI) and implemented a plan to phase the material out on all Standard models, Special Editions, Special Orders, Authentic Series and Custom Shop models. We are very pleased to say that PMI, like elephant ivory before, has been completely removed from our supply chain and is no longer used on any guitar model we manufacturer. We strongly believe that we all have an obligation to help end the ivory trade and positively contribute toward all efforts to save these extraordinary creatures.

We are proud to be a Founding Partner for The Nature Conservancy’s #SaveElephants campaign. To learn more about the campaign and our efforts to save the African elephant, go to or read the press release here.

The Nature Conservancy Elephant Initiative

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Martin Guitar Celebrates Legacy of Craftsmanship With Five New Models at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville, July 17-19

Models to include Anniversary Limited Editions and Popular X series

Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 902) – July 8, 2014 - C. F. Martin & Co. ( continues to celebrate their outstanding legacy of craftsmanship with five new models to be unveiled this July at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville. Two unique limited edition anniversary models will pay tribute to Martin’s factory locations on Sycamore Street in Nazareth, PA and Navojoa, Mexico. Attendees will also be introduced to this year’s exclusive Nashville show special, a follow up to the popular D-42 model showcased at Summer NAMM 2012, and two stunning new additions to the acclaimed X model series.

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