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Hop Along at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Los 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. 

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SUP Awards Voting is Open

SAN 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.

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Ace Hotel New York

New 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.

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Martin Guitar to Present Four New Models at 2015 Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN July 9th - 11th

Nazareth, 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.

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Martin Guitar to Introduce Two New D-35 Models as Part of Their 2015 Summer NAMM Presentation

Nazareth, 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.

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Flo Morrissey 5 at 5

New 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. 

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Jacqueline Renner Named President of C.F. Martin & Co.

NAZARETH, 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.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Recognized as Governor’s ImPAct Awards Export ImPAct Recipient

Harrisburg, 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.”

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Martin Guitar's Long-Standing Commitment to the Environment Continues by Hosting the 5th Bi-Annual Wood Summit Bringing Together Industry Leaders

New 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.

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Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival at the Museum of the City New York June 17-November 29, 2015

New 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.

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C.F Martin & Co. Welcomes John McElroy As New In-House General Counsel

NAZARETH, 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.

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Martin Guitar Introduces Contemporary New Models at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt

Nazareth, 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.

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Martin Guitar Continues to Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary of the Martin D-35 With New Models at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt

Nazareth, 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.

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5 at 5 with Tal National on April 6

New 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.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Theresa Hoffman to International Sales Manager

NAZARETH, 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.

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C.F Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Kristi Bronico to Sales Manager for Martin Strings

NAZARETH, 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.

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Martin Guitar Appoints Coast Musical as its Sole String Distributor in Canada Beginning April 1, 2015

Nazareth, 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.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Receives Patent for Innovative Guitar Neck-to-Body Joint Router System

March 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.

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Martin Guitar Continues Partnership With Ace Hotel, Expanding to New York City

Nazareth, 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.

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Lehigh Mining & Navigation Receives Five Awards at 86th Annual Art Directors’ Club of Philadelphia Gala

Bethlehem, 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.

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Ed Sheeran Collaborates With Martin Guitar for the Second Time to Create the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition

NAZARETH, PA – C.F. Martin & Co. and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran are teaming up for the second time to create another Signature Artist Edition guitar from the Martin Custom Shop, the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition. In 2013, Martin Guitar and Sheeran unveiled their first collaboration, the LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition, which sold out everywhere. The latest model will be available for pre-order starting February 17th. To find an Authorized Martin Dealer to pre-order the model, go to http://bit.ly/xpreorder.

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Martin Guitar Continues Their Exclusive Partnership With "Once" the Musical on Their Worldwide Tour

Nazareth, PA – February 3, 2015 - C.F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) is continuing their longstanding collaboration with the 8 time Tony Award-winning musical, "Once" as they move forward with their global tour featuring Martin guitars and strings. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, "Once" completed a successful run on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre this past January, where they were housed for over three years. The West End production will wrap in March after two years in London, while the U.S. national tour is currently in its second year. Regarding the international expansion, "Once" recently completed a leg of shows in Japan and a production in Melbourne, Australia will end February 8th. Discussions for a production in Sydney to begin in 2016 are underway.  Additionally, a Toronto, Canada production begins February 10th. These dates will live alongside the United States tour with ticket information available here: http://oncemusical.com/tour/

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Martin Guitar to Showcase New Design and Proprietary Treatment for the Martin Strings Line at the 2015 Winter NAMM, January 22-25

Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 5454) – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will unveil their newly revamped Martin Strings line at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show in Anaheim, Jan. 22-25, 2015. The improvements to Martin’s string products will boast new stay-fresh packaging and eye-catching design for all 8 major acoustic string product lines. The company is also announcing a new in-house proprietary treatment for their SP Lifespan Acoustic Strings that delivers the longest possible string life without sacrificing tone or natural feel.

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Martin Guitar to Unveil D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Model at Winter NAMM 2015 in Anaheim, January 22 - 25

Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 5454) – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) is celebrating 50 years of their legendary D-35 Dreadnought with a very special model to debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show – D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. The innovative D-35 was first created by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1965 and has gone on to be one of the most popular and replicated models of our time. With no more than 100 created, the D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model is constructed with Madagascar rosewood sides and back wings, a Brazilian rosewood back center wedge and headplate, FSC certified European spruce top, ¼” non- scalloped X bracing, and ivoroid bindings.

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PA State Parks and Forests Photo Gallery Tour Coming to Martin Guitar

Camp Hill, PA—Award winning photographs from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s (PPFF) Through the Seasons 2014 Photo Contest will be on display for one week at C.F. Martin & Co. (Martin Guitar), 510 Sycamore St., Nazareth. The Gallery will be available starting at 10:00 AM Monday, December 8th until 10:00 AM Friday, December 12th. Martin Guitar is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Martin Guitar factory tours are 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. The Martin Guitar Holiday Open House is Thursday, December 11 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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