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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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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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