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C. F. Martin & Co. named ''Business of the Year'' by Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

business awardBETHLEHEM, PA - C. F. Martin & Company of Upper Nazareth Township - Commonly known as Martin Guitar - received a Business of the year Award during the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce's fifth annual luncheon meeting. The award recognizes a business for attributes such as demonstrating successful operation and bringing pride to the region, according to the Chamber.

C. F. Martin & Co. Commemorate 175th Anniversary

175thAdNazareth, PA - C.F. Martin & Company is celebrating its 175th Anniversary as the oldest surviving maker of guitars in the world. Currently the largest producer of acoustic guitars in the United States, the company is highly regarded for creating some of the finest instruments and introducing innovations that have become industry standards in the music products industry. The company, founded in the U.S., has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations. Currently headed by Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin IV, the company has prospered as it has been handed down five times since it was started by German immigrant Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. in 1833.

"The 175th anniversary of our company represents a profound milestone. Our signature product and Martin's seamless tradition of quality to this day remain a significant source of pride for my family and all of those who are involved in crafting these extraordinary instruments," said Martin Guitar Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin IV. "Since 1833 musicians have connected with audiences everywhere the world over, showcasing their talent and virtuosity over all genres. Martin's significance and cultural impact over 175 years is simply immeasurable."

In honor of their 175th Jubilee, C.F. Martin & Co. will kick-off a year-long campaign in honor of the acoustic guitar - an instrument that has helped define virtually all genres of music from classical and country to blues, folk and acoustic rock. Special events include an auction at Christie's of exquisite Martin prototypes, pulled from an archived collection, to benefit the Martin Foundation in late 2008. Additional initiatives include introducing a line of limited edition guitars, the publication of several books, a CD compilation featuring the performances of Martin artists, the introduction of an in-depth online photo gallery chronicling the company's vast history, as well as significant recognition locally, statewide and nationwide for the company's accomplishments and cultural contributions over the last 175 years.

Since, C.F. Martin & Co. has survived a wide variety of economic, social and political upheavals including the Civil War, post-war turmoil, influxes of immigrant populations with varying tastes and customs, World War I, the "Roaring '20s," the Great Depression, World War II, The Vietnam years and the technological revolution. Through it all, Martin not only survived, but its reputation and outreach ultimately improved and increased, earning an unparalleled reputation for dedication to exceptional quality and focus on one product - superbly well-crafted acoustic guitars. In recent years, despite the global economic downturn, Martin has set company sales records, crafted their millionth acoustic instrument, undergone a complete renovation and expansion of the Martin factory and unveiled an impressive new museum and visitor's center at their headquarters in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Responsible for creating a number of industry standards through the years, C.F. Martin & Co. developed "X-bracing," the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size - all of which have been copied by virtually every acoustic guitar manufacturer in the world. This past year Martin Guitar was honored by Readers Digest ("America's 100 Best") and heralded by the New York Times ("Saving Trees is Music to Guitar Makers' Ears") for helping pioneer the guitar industry's eco-movement by developing instruments crafted from sustainable woods and innovative alternative materials - ensuring the future of Martin Guitar for generations to come.

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Frankfurt, Germany - Imagine the most full-service, one-stop music store you've ever visited, blown up to the size of 10 football fields! Every current music industry product is "in stock," "plugged in" and displayed beautifully. The technology is cutting edge. The sales and technical staff are the most informed; the support literature is fully stocked. Hundreds of thousands of products assembled in one setting! Musikmesse Germany is a nirvana for the musician looking for new "tools" to realize his/her own musical vision.

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Martin introduced the JDP II model, the second namesake model for spunky Martin clinician Diane Ponzio. Diane is a dynamic singer/songwriter who has been with Martin for many years performing both in the United States and in Europe. Her strong European fan base makes Frankfurt's Musikmesse the perfect venue for the release of her striking 2nd Signature Artist Edition. Along with Diane, Martin Signature Artist Jacques Stotzem and John Goldie performed in our demonstration area.

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Chris Martin presented the honorable Karl-Heinrich Hoyer, Mayor of Markneukirchen, Germany, and Heidrun Eichler, Curator for the Markneukirchen Museum of Musical Instruments, with a Martin DX 175th model. Markneukirchen is literally the belly of fine violin makers and not coincidentally, the birthplace of C. F. Martin, Sr.

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As usual, Sunday's "public day" brings throngs of enthusiasts to Musikmesse and the Martin booth. This event affords the public a unique opportunity to play all of the new Martin guitar models. Martin's international appeal makes for a very strong exchange of cultural pleasantries.

Winter NAMM 2008 Giant Musical Instrument Trade Show

Anaheim, California - The winter NAMM 2008 presented a perfect venue for C. F. Martin & Company to kick off our 175th Anniversary celebration. We were proud to share this historic milestone with our friends, dealers and business associates. Stay tuned throughout the year for scheduled programs that will continue to connect you to our history.

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The Martin booth was very busy the entire show, and the extensive new instrument line-up was well received. To learn more about the 25 new models, please visit the Sounding Board newsletter.

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Celebrity power adds tons of excitement to music trade shows, and we had several of our Martin artists on hand. Laurence Juber, Joe Beck and the Charvel Twins dazzled visitors with their virtuosity in what we call "booth demonstrations." Ben Harper was also present in support of the brand new HM Ben Harper Special Edition model, and he was visited by his friends, the Blind Boys. Artist Robert F. Goetzl autographed postcards depicting his 175th Anniversary Celebration artwork. Robert is a cousin of Chris Martin. Several hundred attendees were lucky enough to see and hear Martin Signature Artist John Mayer perform solo renditions of his hit songs on the Acoustic Café stage. Located in the Anaheim Hilton Hotel, the Acoustic Café is a C. F. Martin co-sponsored venue that showcases acoustic artists and music.

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January 17-18, 21-23, 2008

Nazareth, PA - To coincide with the winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Martin visitors were treated to a special unveiling of the 25 new instruments in the Martin Visitors Center, in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. This was indeed a unique opportunity, and we look forward to seeing you June19-25, 2008 (during regular business hours) as we display new models for summer NAMM 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Acquire a Piece of Music History!

 175th certificate

Nazareth, PA - Receive a personalized certificate that authenticates the purchase of a Martin guitar during this historic milestone.

As part of our 175th Anniversary celebration, customers who purchase a full-size Martin guitar between January 1 and December 31, 2008 and who successfully complete the warranty registration by March 31, 2009 are eligible. All qualifying purchasers will receive a congratulatory letter from C. F. Martin IV and a personalized "Certificate of Authenticity" commemorating the purchase of their Martin guitar during this historic milestone.

Warranty Registration

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