Wednesday, November 25 2015 13:54
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.
Friday, October 30 2015 09:00
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.
Tuesday, October 06 2015 08:24
CARLSBAD, CA—Voting for the 45th annual SURFER Poll is now open at SurferPoll.com 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.
Homecoming for Baez Guitar at Freeman's Musical Instruments Auction
Wednesday, November 25 2015 13:54Philadelphia, 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
Friday, October 30 2015 09:00Nazareth, 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.
2015 Surfer Poll Voting is Now Open
Tuesday, October 06 2015 08:24CARLSBAD, CA—Voting for the 45th annual SURFER Poll is now open at SurferPoll.com 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.
Martin Guitar to be Featured in Upcoming Episode of "Craft in America" on PBS
Monday, September 21 2015 09:52Nazareth, 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.
Guitar Center Teams With Ariel Rechtshaid and City in Colour for 5h Annual Singer-Songwriter Program
Tuesday, September 01 2015 16:32Los 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.
Hop Along at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Thursday, August 13 2015 09:38Los Angeles, CA - Ace Hotel continues our live music series 5 at 5 where we, with help from our friends at FYF, Martin Guitar and Show Cobra, invite some of our favorite artists to do their thing at Ace Hotel New York or Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. This time, we are kicking off FYF weekend with live music at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. On Friday, August 21 at 5 pm, Philadelphia's enigmatic indie outfit Hop Along plays a five-song set on the roof for 5 at 5 before making their way onto the stage for FYF Fest Sunday. USA Today described the freak-folk-cum-indie-punk sound as blending "story-songs with emotive vocals, jangly guitars and driving beats." Friends and passersby can join us on the roof for a playful, raucous evening of music.
SUP Awards Voting is Open
Tuesday, August 04 2015 09:18SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Voting for the fifth annual SUP Awards presented by Tommy Bahama has begun at SUPAwards.com and will continue through Sept. 3rd. The SUP Awards are standup paddling’s highest honor, recognizing the absolute best that the sport has to offer each year. The SUP magazine editorial staff collected input and nominations from readers and fans over the first half of the year to determine the final nominees.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Ace Hotel New York
Friday, July 31 2015 15:28New York, New York - New Orleans legends The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will play at Ace Hotel New York as part of 5 at 5, our ongoing music series in collaboration with Martin Guitar and Show Cobra. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a vital part of the preservation and proliferation of traditional New Orleans Jazz since their formation in 1963.
Martin Guitar to Present Four New Models at 2015 Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN July 9th - 11th
Monday, July 06 2015 08:50Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 902) – Today C. F. Martin & Co. announced the notable new models to be presented at the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville July 9th through July 11th. The iconic 182 year old guitar manufacturer will unveil the 00-15E Retro and the LE-Cowboy-2015, alongside four other distinctive guitars. The addition of the 00-15E Retro to the successful Retro Series is the first 00-14 fret instrument in the product family. The LE-Cowboy-2015 features a design on the body of the guitar by famed watercolorist William Matthews.
Martin Guitar to Introduce Two New D-35 Models as Part of Their 2015 Summer NAMM Presentation
Monday, June 29 2015 08:50Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 902) – June 29, 2015 – C. F. Martin & Co. continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Martin D-35 model with two commemorative limited-edition D-35 models at the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville July 9th through July 11th. The limited edition D12-35 50th Anniversary model and the HD-35 CFM IV 60th will be among six other models showcased.
Flo Morrissey 5 at 5
Tuesday, June 02 2015 12:02New York, New York - Ace Hotel New York presents London-bred folk chanteuse Flo Morrissey for another edition of our 5 at 5 music series, in collaboration with Martin Guitar, where we ask some of our favorite artists to swing by the lobby and play us five songs at 5pm.
Jacqueline Renner Named President of C.F. Martin & Co.
Tuesday, June 02 2015 08:50NAZARETH, PA - C.F. Martin & Co. announced today the appointment of Jacqueline Renner as its new President. Renner will work closely with Chairman and CEO Chris Martin IV on strategic direction for the 182 year old acoustic guitar and strings manufacturer. Additionally, Renner will be responsible for providing leadership and management of the global operations for the Pennsylvania-based company.
C.F. Martin & Co. Recognized as Governor’s ImPAct Awards Export ImPAct Recipient
Tuesday, May 26 2015 15:23Harrisburg, PA - C.F. Martin & Co. was recognized for creating jobs that pay and their economic impact within the commonwealth as part of the third annual Governor’s ImPAct Awards, which were presented at a ceremony at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa. on May 21, 2015. “I am very proud that Martin Guitar is being recognized for our international sales initiatives,” said Chris Martin IV, Chairman and CEO of C.F. Martin & Co. “Being a recipient of the Export ImPact Award highlights the significant work that our organization performs year round to support our foreign market distributors which creates strong brand awareness and economic opportunities abroad.”
Martin Guitar's Long-Standing Commitment to the Environment Continues by Hosting the 5th Bi-Annual Wood Summit Bringing Together Industry Leaders
Tuesday, May 12 2015 00:00New York, NY - The Museum of the City of New York presents Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, a celebration of the City's role as the center of the folk music revival from its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as its continuing legacy. With a wide array of memorabilia, including photos, video and sound recordings, the exhibition documents the music and movement that helped transform Greenwich Village and spread as a major cultural phenomenon. Folk City opens on Wednesday, June 17, and remains on view through Sunday, November 29.
Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival at the Museum of the City New York June 17-November 29, 2015
Wednesday, May 06 2015 13:41New York, NY - The Museum of the City of New York presents Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, a celebration of the City's role as the center of the folk music revival from its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as its continuing legacy. With a wide array of memorabilia, including photos, video and sound recordings, the exhibition documents the music and movement that helped transform Greenwich Village and spread as a major cultural phenomenon. Folk City opens on Wednesday, June 17, and remains on view through Sunday, November 29.
C.F Martin & Co. Welcomes John McElroy As New In-House General Counsel
Monday, May 04 2015 08:50NAZARETH, PA - Leading acoustic guitar maker C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to welcome John McElroy as the company’s new in-house general counsel. McElroy’s dual passions for law and playing guitar make him uniquely qualified to handle the various aspects of his new position at Martin Guitar. Bringing over 14 years of extensive experience in banking, commercial law, and litigation, McElroy’s primary responsibilities as general counsel will include focusing on intellectual property issues, vendor contracts, artist endorsement contracts, as well as more general corporate issues from compliance and environmental issues to human resources, to coordinating with the various outside specialty counsels.
Martin Guitar Introduces Contemporary New Models at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt
Monday, April 13 2015 08:50Nazareth, PA (Musikmesse, Hall 3.1 Booth F81) – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) announces new X Series and Road Series models, which are set to be unveiled at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany April 15-18. The contemporary X Series new models to be showcased include the 00X1AE and GPX1AE and GPCRSGT new Road Series model. Additionally, on display will be the second Signature Artist Edition Guitar, Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition, which was designed in collaboration with multi-platinum selling artist Ed Sheeran. Sheeran is once again donating 100% of his royalties from the sales of each guitar to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (www.each.org.uk ), a UK-based charity in his hometown. The organization, whose Royal Patron is The Duchess of Cambridge, supports families and cares for young people with life-threatening conditions and provides services across several UK counties, including Suffolk, where Sheeran was raised.
Martin Guitar Continues to Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary of the Martin D-35 With New Models at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt
Monday, April 06 2015 08:50Nazareth, PA (Musikmesse, Hall 3.1 Booth F81) – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will unveil two new exceptional Dreadnought models at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany April 15-18. The D-35E 50th Anniversary Limited Edition features Martin Guitar’s newly released Vintage Tone System (VTS) http://www.martinguitar.com/vts , and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic D-35 model.
5 at 5 with Tal National on April 6
Friday, April 03 2015 08:50New York, New York - Ace Hotel is thrilled to continue with the fourth year of our 5 at 5 series, a collaboration with Martin Guitar, in which we ask some of our favorite artists to take over the lobby of Ace Hotel Downtown LA or Ace Hotel New York. Heeding the call, they fill it with music—five beautiful songs at 5 PM.
C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Theresa Hoffman to International Sales Manager
Monday, March 23 2015 08:50NAZARETH, PA – C. F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that Theresa Hoffman has been promoted to International Sales Manager reporting directly to Steven Carletti, Vice President of Global Sales where she will be responsible for global customer management and sales leadership encompassing Martin’s Guitar and String divisions.
C.F Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Kristi Bronico to Sales Manager for Martin Strings
Tuesday, March 17 2015 08:48NAZARETH, PA – Leading acoustic guitar maker C.F. Martin & Co. has formally announced the promotion of Kristi Bronico to Sales Manager for Martin Strings. Kristi has supported strings sales over the past three years as Product Manager of Strings, working on sales programs and promotions. Bronico brought more than ten years of sales and marketing experience with previous employers to the role when she joined the Martin family. She will continue to work with Tim McNair, General Manager of the Strings Division.
Martin Guitar Appoints Coast Musical as its Sole String Distributor in Canada Beginning April 1, 2015
Monday, March 16 2015 08:11Nazareth, PA – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has welcomed Coast Music, a Division of Jam Industries, to the Martin String family, appointing them as their exclusive distributor of Martin Strings for the Canadian market beginning April 1, 2015. Martin Guitar recently unveiled their newly revamped Martin Strings line at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show, which showcased elegant designs for all 8 major acoustic string product lines and stay-fresh packaging.
C.F. Martin & Co. Receives Patent for Innovative Guitar Neck-to-Body Joint Router System
Monday, March 09 2015 08:50March 9, 2015 – C. F. Martin & Co. announced today that they have received a new patent for their innovative guitar neck joint router system, originally introduced in 2012. Created and spearheaded by Theresa Hoffman, Engineering Project Manager at Martin Guitar, the machine is a complex combination of measuring sensors, a scanning probe, aluminum tooling, and three different cutting tools. The patented router system uses a scanning probe to measure critical areas of the guitar body and neck. The measurements are then compared to optimal neck fit settings required to obtain a perfect neck fit. The system will calculate the adjustments required for the proper set-up for bridge height and neck centering and machines areas on the body to create perfectly matched parts. The system machines the fingerboard and heel areas on the body as well as the final dovetail dimensions, thereby providing a tighter neck joint, enhanced tone, and improved playability.
Martin Guitar Continues Partnership With Ace Hotel, Expanding to New York City
Monday, March 02 2015 08:50Nazareth, PA – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has expanded its partnership with Ace Hotel to now include custom guitars in select rooms in its New York City property. Currently, custom Martin guitars are showcased in Ace Hotel rooms of two major cities – Los Angeles and London Shoreditch – providing guests with the unique opportunity to play Martin’s acoustic guitars during their hotel stay. Each guitar has a custom interior label and laser-etched on the body of the guitar is “Your left hand is what you know. Your right hand is who you are.” Since 2012, Martin has also partnered with Ace Hotel New York and expanded in 2013 to Ace Hotel Los Angeles for the 5 AT 5 Series, an intimate 5-song acoustic performance series by touring musicians.
Lehigh Mining & Navigation Receives Five Awards at 86th Annual Art Directors’ Club of Philadelphia Gala
Friday, February 27 2015 15:20Bethlehem, PA - Creative work produced by advertising agency Lehigh Mining & Navigation (LehighMiningAndNavigation.com) captured four "Louix" awards and a "Judge's Choice" award at the 86th Annual Art Directors' Club of Philadelphia Award Show, February 26 at The Downtown Club in Philadelphia. The event recognizes the best advertising and design work each year from the greater Philadelphia area.
John Mayer: Laurel Canyon
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is a tranquil, woodsy neighborhood called Laurel Canyon. This small community, where the homes literally cling to steep canyon walls, occupies a special place in American music history.
From the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s, the bands and artists living and working here crafted a sound that still resonates today. It's best described as a blend of folk, rock and pop mixed with bright California sunshine. Laurel Canyon was where Crosby, Stills and Nash first harmonized. It was where Joni Mitchell fused poetry and music. It was where the Mamas & the Papas moved folk closer to pop. James Taylor and Carole King helped the singer-songwriter movement take root in Laurel Canyon. Jim Morrison called the place home. So did Gram Parsons and Brian Wilson.
The distinctive music created by the cross-pollination of talent in Laurel Canyon continues to inspire. John Mayer, an artist who usually cites the electric blues as an influence, felt a deep connection to this special sound. He picks up where the legends of Laurel Canyon left off with his new album, Born and Raised. You'll hear a mix of styles and genres that evoke the sunny, laid-back rock of late-'60s Los Angeles.
John plays his Martin John Mayer 00-45SC, which brings the warm, sun-drenched melodies reminiscent of Laurel Canyon to life.
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Dierks Bentley: Station Inn
If you think of bluegrass as country music’s cousin from the mountains, it would only make sense that an artist like Dierks Bentley would love Nashville’s Station Inn.
The place is practically a shrine to bluegrass and its deep Appalachian roots. When you walk in, you’ll see boarded-up windows and mismatched chairs. You can take in a show in seats from Lester Flatt’s old tour bus.
But the music is amazing. All the bluegrass greats have played at the Station Inn. Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, The Sidemen, Alison Krauss and Union Station, plus countless other talented musicians, have played within the venue’s poster-filled walls. It’s a nightly celebration of country music’s bluegrass heritage.
So when 19-year-old Dierks Bentley walked into the Station Inn and first heard The Sidemen playing on the cramped stage, a love affair with bluegrass was ignited that continues today.
From his first recordings to his latest, Home, Dierks knits ancient and modern sounds that give the music a timeless quality. The songs he first heard at the Station Inn echo throughout his work.
Dierks’ custom acoustic guitar is a Martin Signature HD Dierks Bentley. It’s perfectly crafted for giving country music an earthy bluegrass flavor.