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Philadelphia, PA—Freeman's November 20 Musical Instruments sale included a guitar that's story is as captivating as the work of art itself. On its own, the circa 1880 C.F. Martin 0-40 guitar is a thing of beauty. Handsomely crafted, and with a sound that belies its age, the guitar also had a unique tale to tell. From 1966-1968, this Martin traveled with legendary folk singer Joan Baez as she used it in performances and recordings across the globe. The instrument drew interest from collectors and musicians alike, but in the end it was C.F. Martin & Co that won the lot for The Martin Guitar Museum. After a more than a century of travels and adventures, this special guitar is headed home.

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Nazareth, PA – C.F. Martin & Co. hosted a special reception unveiling a mixed media mural, depicting the 182 year history of the C.F. Martin family and company, at the Martin Guitar Visitor Center on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The event, which showcased the beautiful work of artist Robert Goetzl, also included an opening address by Chris Martin IV, Chairman & CEO of Martin Guitar. Live musical performances by Martin Artist Craig Thatcher and Nyke Van Wyk added to the event’s festivities.

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CARLSBAD, CA—Voting for the 45th annual SURFER Poll is now open at through October 31st. A tradition recognized as the only awards in surfing that are completely decided by the fans, SURFER Poll gives readers the chance to cast a vote for their 10 favorite male and 5 favorite female surfers who will then be recognized during the annual awards ceremony in December.

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