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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 Continues to Innovate Introducing a New Vintage Tone System (VTS) at Winter NAMM 2015 in Anaheim, CA, January 22 - 25

Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 5454) – C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) continues to innovate and present unparalleled artistry as seen in their outstanding new models to be unveiled at Winter NAMM 2015. Exciting new models to be showcased include the CS-00041-15, CEO 8 and two new Authentics Series models. Details on the products featured at the showcase are below and complete product specs can be found at http://www.martinguitar.com/new.

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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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Martin Guitar Undergoes Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Audit

C.F. Martin & Co. was audited today by Staff Auditor Hope Saginario of the Rainforest Alliance.  C.F. Martin & Co. is audited annually, plus reassessed every five years, to evaluate conformance to the relevant FSC Chain-of-Custody Standards, and has been FSC Chain-of Custody certified from 1997 to 2004 and 2007 to present.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Chris Thomas to Director of Artist Relations

Nazareth, PA – C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Thomas to Director of Artist Relations, assuming responsibility for all artist-related matters including the highly esteemed Martin Ambassador Program, conception and development of Custom Artist Signature models, and general Artist Relations matters. Thomas will also continue to oversee Festivals and Trade Shows for the 181 year old family-owned firm.   

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Carmen Cortez to Director of International Sales

Nazareth, PA - C. F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that Carmen Cortez has been promoted to Director of International Sales. Carmen will be responsible for sales in Europe.  Carmen joined C. F. Martin & Co. in 1993 as a manufacturing coworker. In 2000 he moved into Martin’s Quality Assurance Department and was then promoted to manufacturing department manager assuming management responsibilities of Martin’s Finishing Department until 2005.

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Martin Guitar Receives Nine Awards Including Guitar of the Year from Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2014 Player’s Choice Awards

C.F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) acoustic guitars and products have received an impressive nine accolades through the Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2014 Player’s Choice Awards, including Guitar of the Year for their iconic D-28 model.           Countless makes and models were figured into the full voting process, but only a select few were in competition for the desirable Guitar of the Year honor.

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DCNR, C.F. Martin & Co. Form Partnership to Demonstrate Sustainable Forestry at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary - Ellen Ferretti today announced a partnership with C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth for a demonstration area at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center to help educate visitors about sustainable practices for forest health. C.F. Martin & Co. is providing $25,000 to support the creation of the 15-acre area to showcase a forest in different stages of succession with interpretive signage for visitors on sustainable management practices.

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Win the Chance to Be Part of Music History With Band Aid 30

Fundraising campaign website Prizeo is giving away a once in a lifetime experience, spending time in the studio with the very best of British music talent and witness music history as Band Aid 30 re record one of the best selling singles of all time; “Do they know it’s Christmas?” On Saturday 15th November, one member of the public will be invited to join the likes of Bono, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Emile Sande, Sinead O’Conner, Paloma Faith and One Direction in a London recording studio. They’ll meet all of the artists and be part of the recording process, as they’ll have the opportunity to record a line from the song. Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodation will also be provided, from anywhere in the world.

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Forest Stewardship Council Recognizes Conservation Champions

NEW ORLEANS – At a time when many organizations are building strategies around environmental and social responsibility, the Forest Stewardship Council lauded a dedicated group of leaders in an awards ceremony at Greenbuild 2014.

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In Stores Now: New Burton Easy Livin Snowboard Designed with Martin Guitar & Danny Davis

Burlington, VT - This fall, Burton Snowboards, Martin Guitar and Burton Pro Snowboarder Danny Davis have come together to collaborate on the new winter 2015 Easy Livin snowboard that blends Danny’s love of snowboarding and music. Now available in select stores worldwide, the new limited edition Easy Livin snowboard promises to be a collector’s item for snowboarders and guitar players the world over.

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The Women's International Music Networks Announces the 2015 She Rocks Award Recipients

Needham, MA — The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) is pleased to announce the 2015 She Rocks Awards honorees. Taking place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel from 6:00pm to 8:30pm during the NAMM Show, the third annual She Rocks Awards honors women who stand out as role models in the industry. Tickets are on sale now.

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Florida Georgia Line Takes Anything Goes Tour Worldwide With 2015 Major Headline Tour

NASHVILLE, TN - Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line made a surprise appearance on NBC’s TODAY this morning, joining Al Roker for the weather and forecasting their forthcoming headline dates – ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015. The superstar duo will bring their seize-the-day attitude and raucous party anthems to arenas worldwide, including a stop at the fabled Madison Square Garden on February 25 in New York City.

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Guitar Center and Converse Announce 2nd Annual 'Get Out of the Garage'

ARTIST DISCOVERY PROGRAM SEEKS TO UNEARTH THE NATION’S BEST INDEPENDENT MUSICAL TALENT Los Angeles, CA - Today, Guitar Center and Converse Inc. announce the launch of the second annual Get Out of the Garage artist discovery program offering emerging musicians the chance to launch their career and attain national recognition. At stake is a prize package offering a chance to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs weeknights at 10:35 |11:35 CT pm ABC, studio time at the state-of-the-art Converse Rubber Tracks Recording studio in Brooklyn, new gear, $25,000 cash and more.

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Martin Guitar Plants First Wildlife Garden as Part of a New Conservation Landscape Inititive

C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., (Martin Guitar), in Nazareth, was first to take advantage of new funding available for conservation landscaping projects in the Lehigh Valley. About two hundred native shrubs and perennials were installed near the entrance of the famous guitar facility, and Martin Guitar added another forty-five plants on their own. The new plantings feature an interpretive sign that explains the wildlife value of the new garden. “I wanted this garden right near our main entrance where people can see it,” said Chris Martin, owner of Martin Guitar, during the official garden opening earlier this week.

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Thomas Rhett Strikes a Chord with Martin Guitar

Nashville, TN – C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. proudly invites hit singer/songwriter THOMAS RHETT into their prestigious Martin Ambassador Program today, which honors musicians for their understanding and appreciation of the guitar's history and craftsmanship. The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee had the unique opportunity to visit their factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, last week before a tour stop to meet Martin's craftsmen and women, marketing team and Martin's Chief Product Officer, Fred Greene, to begin discussions on his Custom guitar. He joins a roster of artists across multiple genres, including Ed Sheeran, The Avett Brothers, Colbie Caillat, Jason Isbell, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, The Milk Carton Kids, James Valentine of Maroon 5, to name a few.

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Author Signing: C.F. Martin & Co. Featured in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is C.F. Martin & Co., the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author and Martin employee Dick Boak, with a Foreword by C.F. Martin IV, is set to release on August 18, 2014. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the evolution of the iconic family guitar business.

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In Honor of World Elephant Day - Martin D-28 Guitar (left-handed) Autographed by Paul McCartney to #SaveElephants, Benefitting The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, VA – One of the most beloved Singer/Songwriters of all time is helping save one of the world’s most beloved species in honor of World Elephant Day. The Nature Conservancy will auction a Martin D-28 (left-handed) guitar autographed by Sir Paul McCartney provided by Martin Guitar, founding sponsor of The Nature Conservancy’s #SaveElephants initiative tomorrow at 9 am Eastern. You can learn more about bidding on this one of a kind guitar at http://bit.ly/1yr1npS. Sir Paul has worked passionately for decades to make the world a better place for animals. In a nod to Woody Guthrie’s famous guitar, Sir Paul wrote “This Guitar Saves Elephants” on this gorgeous Martin D-28 that is left-handed like Sir Paul plays. A fitting slogan since the funds raised will be directed to The Nature Conservancy’s African Elephant Initiative, a global effort to work with partners in Africa, China, and elsewhere to increase security for elephants on the ground and to reduce demand for ivory.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Featured in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is C.F. Martin & Co., the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author and Martin employee Dick Boak, with a foreward by C.F. Martin IV, is set to release on August 18, 2014. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the evolution of the iconic family guitar business.

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Martin Guitar Celebrates Legacy of Craftsmanship With Five New Models at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville, July 17-19

Models to include Anniversary Limited Editions and Popular X series Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 902) – July 8, 2014 - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) continues to celebrate their outstanding legacy of craftsmanship with five new models to be unveiled this July at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville. Two unique limited edition anniversary models will pay tribute to Martin’s factory locations on Sycamore Street in Nazareth, PA and Navojoa, Mexico. Attendees will also be introduced to this year’s exclusive Nashville show special, a follow up to the popular D-42 model showcased at Summer NAMM 2012, and two stunning new additions to the acclaimed X model series.

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Martin's Got That "Louvin Feeling" at Summer NAMM 2014

Martin Guitar Custom Shop to unveil two new models – The First Ever Photo-Imprint Design Paying Tribute to the Louvin Brothers and the CS-GP-14 Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 902)– July 7, 2014 - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will pay tribute to beloved gospel and country legends The Louvin Brothers when they unveil the new D-28 Louvin Brothers Custom Signature Edition at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville, July 17-19. It is the first guitar made by Martin that features a special photographic imprint on the solid Sitka spruce top, with a graphic inspired by the Louvin Brothers’ iconic album cover, “Satan is Real.”

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