Martin Acoustic Guitars
For over 184 years, C.F. Martin and Company has set industry standards by making acoustic guitars and guitar strings. All the guitars are handmade and the craftspeople use original techniques created by the company’s founder to build guitars. Countless artists have played Martin guitars in various genres of music, including classical, acoustic rock, folk, and country.What is the history of Martin guitars?
In 1833, German immigrant Christian Frederick Martin founded C.F. Martin and Company in New York City. He relocated the company’s headquarters to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in 1839. C.F. Martin came from a long line of cabinet makers in Germany, but when he was 15 years old, he took an apprenticeship in making guitars. When his apprenticeship was completed, he opened his own guitar shop in Germany but later decided to move to the U.S. For generations, the Martin family has produced the iconic acoustic guitar that has been played by some of the most influential musicians in music.What is a dreadnought design?
C.F. Martin and Company created the dreadnought-style acoustic guitar in 1916. The body of a dreadnought is larger than the body of other types of acoustic guitars, which gives it a richer and louder tone. The top and the bottom of the body are flat and the neck is connected to the body at the 14th fret instead of the usual 12th fret. Martin’s line of dreadnoughts is known as D-sized guitars.What are Martin guitars made of?
Since 1833, the company has manufactured hundreds of different guitar models. Many have become valuable collector’s items. Typically, model designations start with a letter and/or number to indicate the guitar size. This is followed by a dash then a number, which designates the ornamentation and type of materials used to construct the instrument. For example, a Martin D-28 means the guitar is a dreadnought and the 28 refers to the materials used to make this instrument. Some of the materials used to make this instrument include:
- Spruce for the top of the body
- Rosewood for the back and sides of the body
- Mahogany for the neck
- Ebony for the bridge and fretboard
Some of the biggest names in pop music have played Martin acoustic guitars. These names include Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, and Bob Dylan. The company has an ambassador program that features artists who play and promote Martin guitars. Other famous musicians who have played the guitar include Ed Sheeran, Dierks Bentley, and Mac Powell.Content provided for informational purposes only. eBay is not affiliated with or endorsed by C.F. Martin and Company.