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Homecoming for Baez Guitar at Freeman's Musical Instruments Auction

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.

Martin Guitar Unveils Intricate Six-Panel Mural Celebrating 182 Years of the Company's Illustrious History

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.

Martin Guitar to be Featured in Upcoming Episode of "Craft in America" on PBS

Nazareth, PA – C.F. Martin & Co., the oldest surviving maker of acoustic guitars in the world, will be featured in an upcoming special episode of "Craft in America," the award-winning documentary series on PBS, on November 20th at 10pm ET (check local listings). This hour-long episode, titled "MUSIC," focuses on how fine handmade instruments, including ukuleles, trumpets, banjos and guitars, are crafted as well as the talented artists who play them. The episode culminates by highlighting C.F. Martin and Co., giving viewers an inside look at the Martin Guitar Company's Custom Shop, as well as musician and political activist, Joan Baez, who has been playing Martin guitars for over 50 years.

2015 Surfer Poll Voting is Now Open

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.

Guitar Center Teams With Ariel Rechtshaid and City in Colour for 5h Annual Singer-Songwriter Program

Los Angeles, CA - Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter launches its fifth installment today, offering aspiring singer-songwriters across the country the chance to take their careers to the next level. The winner of Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter 5 will have the opportunity to record a 4-song E.P with Grammy award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Diplo, Vampire Weekend, HAIM and more), perform to a national television audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live! which airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35c on ABC, take home new gear, $25,000 cash and much more. Joining the fold of advisers this year is Dallas Green of City and Colour who will lend his talents as a mentor to the winner, guiding them through the writing and recording process.

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