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Martin Journal

Martin Journal

The official printed publication of Martin Guitar

MARTIN® - The Journal of Acoustic Guitars is published by C.F. Martin & Co. in January and July of each year.

MARTIN® - The Journal of Acoustic Guitars is written exclusively for acoustic guitar enthusiasts, players, dealers, owners and potential buyers. It includes new product announcements, special edition instruments, developments in the string making area, company news, technical information, and more.

New issues can be accessed in digital format from Martin's website. In February, the latest print issue can be picked up for free at your local authorized Martin dealer while supplies last.

Find previous issue here: MARTIN® - The Journal of Acoustic Guitars Issue Archives

Current issue: Volume 6 - 2016
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Take it From the Top

Recently a friend of mine reminded me that I have been Chairman and CEO of my family’s business for 30 years. Wow. I have been so excited by the 100th anniversary of the Martin Dreadnought that I wasn’t focused on my own personal milestone. Honestly, it’s quite humbling for me. I have been very fortunate to be part of a great business with fantastic coworkers, who help me make the best guitars in the world.

Speaking of guitars, I want to take a moment to shamelessly promote some of the new products we are introducing at the 2016 Summer NAMM Trade Show in Nashville. For history buffs, we have a D-1 Limited Edition, a new-old 00-18, a Dreadnought with a large soundhole, and another modern take on a cowboy guitar (thank you, Willy Matthews). The new 17 Series will be offered with electronics.

There are several new models from our facility in Navojoa, including cutaway X Series, colored ukes, and, for the first time, full-gloss solid wood guitars. The Retro string line is also being expanded.

At the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show in Anaheim, we introduced a new body size to our guitar series—the Dreadnought Junior or D Jr. Boy, did this new model create excitement! So much so that we found ourselves in a position that we never like to be in, which is to disappoint you, our dealers and distributors by not delivering in-demand product on time. I can now say with confidence that we are on track, and demand continues to soar for this small but mighty-sounding instrument. Like Martin Ambassador Jason Isbell recently said, “I can’t put mine down.” I encourage you to visit a local Martin dealer and check out one for yourself.

Thanks for all the support over the past 30 years.

C. F. Martin IV
Chairman & CEO
C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.


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