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C.F. Martin & Co. Featured in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is C.F. Martin & Co., the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author and Martin employee Dick Boak, with a foreward by C.F. Martin IV, is set to release on August 18, 2014. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the evolution of the iconic family guitar business.

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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. (www.martinguitar.com) 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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Martin's Got That "Louvin Feeling" at Summer NAMM 2014

Martin Guitar Custom Shop to unveil two new models – The First Ever Photo-Imprint Design Paying Tribute to the Louvin Brothers and the CS-GP-14 Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 902)– July 7, 2014 - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will pay tribute to beloved gospel and country legends The Louvin Brothers when they unveil the new D-28 Louvin Brothers Custom Signature Edition at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville, July 17-19. It is the first guitar made by Martin that features a special photographic imprint on the solid Sitka spruce top, with a graphic inspired by the Louvin Brothers’ iconic album cover, “Satan is Real.”

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Industry Icon Martin Guitar and The Nature Conservancy Partner to Save Elephants

Custom Guitars to Include the name Satao to honor Elephant Recently Slaughtered for Ivory Arlington, VA – June 26, 2014 –It’s estimated that there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa in 1980. Now there are only about 430,000, with an estimated 20,000 elephants killed last year alone.  Tragically, one of the world’s largest and most famous elephants, Satao, was recently killed by poachers in Kenya, fueling global outcry for action.  To help end the worst poaching crisis in history, Martin Guitar and The Nature Conservancy launched a partnership today to ramp up efforts in Africa and China through #SaveElephants, a campaign to increase resources for elephant protection, add to growing global pressure on leaders, and to provide concerned individuals with opportunities to take action.   Music artists have also lent their support as elephant ambassadors to help raise awareness.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Jerry Lawlor to International Sales Manager

NAZARETH, PA – July 16, 2014 - C. F. Martin & Co.  is pleased to announce that Jerry Lawlor has been promoted to International Sales Manager where he will be responsible for global customer management and sales leadership encompassing Martin’s Guitar and String divisions. Jerry joined C. F. Martin & Co. in 2011 as the String Sales Representative and has been responsible for global string sales and sales management since 2012. 

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Gregory Paul to Chief Technology Officer

NAZARETH, PA – June 9, 2014 – C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that Gregory Paul has been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) within the company,  assuming responsibility for quality assurance, corporate operations, community relations, information technology, research and development and legal regulatory and government affairs.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Fred Greene to Chief Product Officer

NAZARETH, PA – June 2, 2014 – C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that Fred Greene has been named Chief Product Officer (CPO), assuming responsibility for all product-related matters including product strategy, conception and development, production, innovation and product management.  He will continue to be responsible for key aspects of Martin's guitar and strings businesses, including the incredibly successful Custom Shop, new model designs, and manufacturing.

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Chris Martin to Accept Sustainable Standard-Setter Award On Behalf of C.F. Martin & Co. at the Rainforest Alliance 2014 Annual Gala

Nazareth, PA - The Rainforest Alliance will honor C.F. Martin & Co. with the Sustainable Standard-Setter Award at their annual gala this evening, May 7th at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The dinner and awards ceremony recognizes industry champions who prioritize environmental sustainability.

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Hunter Hayes Announces Tudor Watch U.S.A. as Official Timekeeper of "Hunter Hayes' 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger"

Nashville, TN – Multiple GRAMMY-nominee Hunter Hayes is celebrating the May 6 release of his highly anticipated album Storyline by teaming up with ConAgra Foods to end child hunger while attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for Most Concerts Played in multiple cities in 24 hours. Announced today, TUDOR Watch U.S.A will be the Official Timekeeper for the "Hunter Hayes’ 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger." Throughout the race, Hunter will be wearing a TUDOR Heritage Chrono timepiece and upon conclusion, this special timepiece engraved with the official race logo will be auctioned to raise money for Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Fans can join the conversation on Twitter using #HHRECORDWEEK as Hunter attempts to break the world record during his exciting record release week.

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The Academy of Country Music Announces Sponsors and Partner for Events Throughout the Week Vegas Goes Country

Encino, CA – The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today the sponsors and promotional partners including Amazon, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Beats Music, Cabela’s, CAT Entertainment Services, ConAgra Foods, Coors, Cumulus, Dr Pepper, Firestone, Grey Goose, Hostess, Justin Boots, Kohl’s Department Stores, the city of Las Vegas, Martin Guitar, Music Choice, Ole Smoky, PEOPLE Magazine, Pure Via, Ram Trucks, Shazam, SoundExchange, The Boot Campaign, Wrangler Jeans, Yahoo and more associated with events throughout the Week Vegas Goes Country®.  The week culminates with the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

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Hunter Hayes Announces "Hunter Hayes' 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger"

Nashville, TN – Multiple GRAMMY-nominee Hunter Hayes and ConAgra Foods have teamed up to end child hunger while attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the Most Concerts Played in multiple cities in a 24-hour period. Hunter will kick off the "Hunter Hayes’ 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger", brought to you in part by ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program, Friday, May 9 on Good Morning America in New York City. He is attempting to break the record (currently eight shows in 24 hours set by the Flaming Lips who broke the previous record made by Jay-Z) by playing 10 shows in 10 cities in 24 hours. VIP packages for the “24 Hour Road Race” are on sale now. Hunter recently debuted his music video on Good Morning America for his current single, “Invisible” featured on his new album Storyline being released May 6 on Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville.

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Martin Guitar to Unveil Four New Models at Musikmesse 2014 in Frankfurt

Nazareth, PA – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will unveil four outstanding new models at Musikmesse 2014, Hall 3.1 Stand F81, in Frankfurt, Germany March 12-15. Two new retro-inspired models, the 000-18 and OM-28, both highlight distinct vintage design and include features that can be found on coveted Martin pre-war era guitars. Additionally, two new cutaway models are being introduced, the DC-Aura GT and GPC-Aura GT, both of which will come equipped with Fishman F1 Aura Plus electronics.

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Lehigh Valley Ad Agency Spark Nabs Three “Gold Louix” Awards at 85th Annual Art Directors’ Club of Philadelphia Gala

Creative work produced by Lehigh Valley advertising agency Spark (sparkcreatives.com) captured three “Gold Louix” awards at the 85th Annual Art Directors’ Club of Philadelphia Award Show, held on February 27 at Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia. The event recognizes the best advertising and design work each year from the greater Philadelphia area.

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Secret Road Music Publishing, Songspace and Martin Guitar Announce $20,000 “Pub Deal” Contest

 NASHVILLE, TN (Feb. 26th, 2014) - Leading music licensing, publishing and management company Secret Road has teamed up with music technology startup Songspace and world renowned instrument maker Martin Guitar to present the 2nd annual “Pub Deal,” a contest to win a one-year, $20,000 publishing contract, open to songwriters and artists of all genres.   In addition to taking home a non-recoupable $20,000 advance, the winning artist will work with Secret Road throughout the year to build their repertoire and market their songs for licensing in film and TV. 

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Pro Burton Snowboarder Danny Davis Joins the Martin Guitar Ambassador Family

Nazareth, PA – C.F. Martin & Co. has officially announced professional snowboarder Danny Davis as a Martin Guitar Ambassador. Danny became an ambassador after Burton Snowboards, Martin Guitar and Danny came together this past year to collaborate on Burton's new Winter 15 Easy Livin Snowboard, which features Martin Guitar-inspired graphics. Danny, who was just won the 2014 X Games Snowboard Superpipe and heads to Russia later this month, is an avid guitar player making his partnership with Martin a perfect way to blend his love of both snowboarding and music.

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Ed Sheeran Becomes an EACH Ambassador

Ed visited The Treehouse today (Tuesday Feb 18th) to meet with children and EACH staff to find out more about the charity which provides care and support for life-threatened children, young people and their families.To publicly recognise and celebrate Ed's support, EACH has asked him to become an ambassador.

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Martin Guitar's Navojoa Factory Continues to Evolve and Grow as it Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Nazareth, PA - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) marked the 25th anniversary of its factory in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico with a celebration attended by the Board of Directors and the newly released Road Series DRSGT and 000RSGT models. 

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C.F. Martin & Co. Named the Official Music Sponsor of Wanderlust Festival O’ahu February 27-March 2, 2014

Nazareth, PA – C.F. Martin & Co. will be the official music sponsor of the second annual Wanderlust Festival O'ahu February 27-March 2, 2014 at the Turtle Bay Resort on the Hawaiian North Shore. Wanderlust, the world's largest and fastest growing yoga and music festival series, hosts thousands of people to enjoy live music, yoga, inspirational speakers, kayaking, surfing and more in spectacular outdoor settings. During the four-day festival, Martin Guitar will hold guitar and ukelele workshops onsite and offer attendees the chance to win a Martin ukelele or guitar among other Martin gear. Visitors will also be able to sign up to perform their favorite song at the Martin Guitar Jam Tent.

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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. (www.martinguitar.com) 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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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 www.martinguitar.com/music, 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.

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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.

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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. (www.martinguitar.com) 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."

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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.

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Ace Hotel New York Events - Notes From the Underground

New York, New York – Ace Hotel New York hosts the fourth annual Notes from the Underground, a full three days and four nights of music events right smack in the middle of our lobby. The CMJoyful live music events anchor the series: artists selected by MyMusicRx, the innovative Children's Cancer Association program that delivers the healing power of music to seriously ill kids and teens, perform in the lobby from 11am to 5pm October 16 to 18. In-room video interviews from participating artists will add to the growing amount of exciting musical content available to kids served by the program. CMJoyful is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Uber and Walker, who know a thing or two about innovation themselves.

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Voting for the 43rd Annual Sufer Poll is Now Open

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—Voting for Surfer Poll is live, meaning you now have the opportunity to decide the top surfers of 2013. Each year, SURFER Poll allows readers to cast a vote for their 10 favorite male and five favorite female surfers who will be honored during the exclusive awards ceremony. Kelly Slater has remained on top for nine consecutive years and 18 years in total—will he maintain his berth in 2013? Who will break into the Top 10? Will five-time World Champ Steph Gilmore once again steal the Women’s #1 spot? Your vote will decide. Voice your opinion for the men’s Top 10 and the women’s Top 5 now through Nov. 1, 2013. Log on to Surferpoll.com or use the voting widget on the Surfermag.com homepage.

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