Press Release Archive
Government Acknowledgements of the Company's 175th Anniversary Charles W. Dent
NAZARETH, PA - On Wednesday, March 19, 2008, Congressman Charles W. Dent visited Martin Guitar to congratulate the Company on its 175th anniversary of manufacturing in America. Congressman Dent was elected to Congress in November, 2004, and represents Pennsylvania's 15th District, which includes all of Northampton and parts of Lehigh, Montgomery, and Berks counties.
During the visit, the Congressman presented a proclamation to C. F. Martin, IV celebrating the Company's 175th anniversary, and then met with members of the Martin Executive Team for a roundtable discussion. After a photo opportunity in the Company's Museum, a tour of the manufacturing facility was conducted by Scott Follweiler, a 10-year employee of Martin Guitar and classmate of the Congressman at William Allen High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Congressman Dent was highly impressed with the tour and the mix of hands-on craftsmanship and technology.
On April 23, 2008, Congressman Dent read the proclamation during the House Floor Proceedings of the United States House of Representatives. This reading was broadcast on C-SPAN and can be accessed at www.c-spanarchives.org. In addition to Congressman Dent's visit, the Company has also received well wishes from Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. Future visits from other local, state, and federal government officials are being planned.
Government Acknowledgements of the Company's 175th Anniversary Lisa Boscola
Nazareth, PA - Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa M. Boscola and her Chief Legislative Aide Jeff Warren visited Martin Guitar to congratulate the company on its 175th anniversary of manufacturing in America. First elected to the General Assembly in 1994, Senator Boscola is serving her second term representing the 18th District, consisting of Northampton, Lehigh and Monroe Counties. She also serves as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee and as a member of the Appropriations Committee.
Senator Boscola presented two documents, the State Senate Proclamation and a Congratulatory Resolution that will be entered into Pennsylvania Senate history. During her visit, members of the Martin Executive Team enjoyed lunch together and discussed various pieces of interest in the political arena. Chris Martin took both guests on a personal tour of the museum, and Scott Follweiler conducted a brief tour through the factory. Jeff Warren, an avid guitarist, was thrilled to participate in this event.
Senator Boscola will be among other dignitaries at a special 175th Anniversary ceremony to be conducted by the Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Borough of Nazareth on November 6, 2008. This ceremony will take place at the Martin homestead at our 10 West North Street location.
The Ditson 333 Dreadnought Realized
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 25 - Jun. 2008
On the drawing board but never produced, the Ditson Style 333 Dreadnought was originally intended as the most elaborate Dreadnought model in the first series of unique instruments manufactured by Martin exclusively for the Chas. H. Ditson Store in New York. Under the direction of Ditson’s musical instrument manager, Harry L. Hunt, the initial series of guitars were offered in three different sizes; the Ditson “Standard,” “Concert” and largest model, the “Dreadnought.” The guitars were also first offered in three different styles, Style 3 being the most ornate.
The Ditson 333 Dreadnought features a dark stained Adirondack spruce top, similar to the Style 44 guitars Martin was producing during the 1920s for Vahdah Olcott-Bickford. The multiple-bound body is similar to the Martin Style 3 ukulele, as is the bound genuine mahogany back and sides. The ornate shell inlay pattern on the ivoroid-bound ebony fingerboard is special to the Ditson 3-series models, as well as the dark stained mahogany neck embossed with the original Oliver Ditson stamp retrieved from our archives. The Brazilian rosewood headplate is adorned with Waverly Deluxe tuners with ivoroid buttons. The 333 also features a multiple white/ivoroid/black pattern rosette and ivoroid bound soundhole, a striking contrast against the dark stained Adirondack spruce top.
The original spec-sheet Frank Henry Martin created for the Ditson 333 Dreadnought still resides in our archives and was used for this guitar. Although Martin had produced a handful of Style 3 Ditson guitars in the two smaller Ditson sizes, no records show a 333 Dreadnaught being shipped.
In keeping with tradition, we are now pleased to offer the Ditson 333 Dreadnought for the very first time, over 90 years since the guitar was first drafted for the New York Ditson store that initiated the original Dreadnought guitars from Martin.
C.F. MARTIN & CO. NAMES SCOTT SASSER DIRECTOR OF U. S. SALES
Source: C.F. Martin & Co. Press Release
Nazareth, PA - June 19, 2008 - C.F. Martin & Co. has named Scott Sasser, Director of U. S. Sales, it was announced today by Chairman and CEO Christian F. Martin, IV. With over 12-years experience in the sales field, Sasser's key responsibilities will be overseeing C. F. Martin's network of District Sales Managers and Inside Sales Operations effective July 7, 2008. Sasser will report to Steven Carletti, Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
"Scott Sasser's experience within the music industry encompasses both sales and manufacturing. In addition to his great product knowledge, Scott understands the value of creating enthusiasm for the Martin brand throughout the dealer network." said Steven Carletti. "We're confident that he will be a vital addition to our company and our culture."
Prior to his appointment, Sasser was formerly national sales director of Mapex USA and a dealer sales & support manager with the Gibson Musical Instrument Corporation, both based in Nashville, TN. He holds a BA from Northeast Louisiana University.
About Martin Guitar
Founded in 1833, C.F. Martin & Co. 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 Martin Guitar Company has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations, currently headed by Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin IV. Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, many still using the design and techniques introduced by the company founder in the 1830s. The privately held manufacturer is acknowledged as the creator of some of the world's finest musical instruments. Martin innovations include the now-standard x-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size.
Summer NAMM 2008 Returns to Nashville
Nashville, TN - The summer NAMM 2008 trade show returned to Nashville, Tennessee, after two years in Austin, Texas. The usual July date was already booked at the Nashville Convention Center, so the show was pushed forward to June, almost a full month earlier than usual.
The Martin booth was busy throughout the entire show and the new guitars were well received. To learn more about the sixteen new models, please visit the Sounding Board newsletter or view New Products.
Visitors to the booth were treated to performances by singer/songwriter Steve Earle playing his new Custom Artist Edition, the M-21 Steve Earle and guitarist extraordinaire Thom Bresch. Thom was in attendance for the introduction of the commemorative Limited Edition model for his father, the D-28M Merle Travis. Artist Tim O'Brien also stopped by for the delivery of his Limited Edition model, the 00-18 Tim O'Brien.
Martin Strings introduced new fluorocarbon ukulele strings (M600) designed to revitalize your ukulele with improved volume and harmonic sustain. Available in July 2008, two string combo packs that include an exclusive 175th Anniversary T-shirt. There is also a sampler 3-pack slated for delivery in October 2008 that includes a free full color bumper sticker.
June 20, 23-27, 2008
Nazareth, PA - To coincide with the summer NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee, Martin visitors were treated to a special unveiling of the sixteen new instruments in the Martin Visitors Center, in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. This is indeed a unique opportunity, and we look forward to seeing you January 15-18, 2009 (during regular business hours) as we display new models for winter NAMM 2009 in Anaheim, California.