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Always wanted to design your own custom Martin guitar? Here's your chance!
Now through November 30th, you can enter the Martin Guitar Custom Shop's "Dream It, Build It" sweepstakes for the chance to win a $10K custom Martin guitar designed by you, a set of Titanium Core Martin strings, and a $150 Martin prize pack.
You can enter three ways: by providing your name and contact information, your name, contact information, andMartin Owners Club ID, or join/renew your Martin Owners Club during the sweepstakes period to be automatically entered.
The sweepstakes is open to residents within the United States. Get one step closer to your dream Martin guitar here.
This Custom Signature Edition D-18, featuring imprinted original artwork by the talented Robert Goetzl, is a tribute to the Lakota Sioux Native American Tribe.
The guitar features a single arrowhead inlay on the head plate, to symbolize a tool that was essential to the tribe’s early survival, along with four arrowheads on the fingerboard, each facing outward, to represent the four directions which were sacred to the Lakota Tribe. Martin will be donating a guitar to the Native American Heritage Association (www.naha-inc.org), a charitable organization whose mission is to provide food and other essentials to the people of Crow Creek and Pine Ridge Reservations in South Dakota. Pine Ridge has the lowest survival rate in the Western Hemisphere, second only to Haiti. The donated guitar will be auctioned off to raise much needed funds for the organization.
The late Martin Ambassador Chris Cornell was honored at the L.A. Chefs for Human Rights Hero awards.
His humanitarian efforts and the original song and music video for "The Promise" were honored. His wife, Vicky Cornell, accepted the award of his behalf and said, “My husband loved to help people, especially children. He believed it was up to adults to never turn our backs on the most vulnerable and innocent members of our society."
The 2017 L.A. Chefs for Human Rights event raised $140,000 with all of the proceeds going directly to the Program for Torture Victims.
The GPCRSG is a cutaway Grand Performance model that is crafted with a Sitka spruce top and mutenye back and sides.
The guitar produces a beautiful even tone with good bass response and clear mids and trebles. The GPCRSG also features a Richlite fingerboard and bridge, high performance taper neck, and Fishman® Sonitone electronics to make this guitar ready for the road.
Martin Ambassadors Frightened Rabbit recently released their acoustic leaning three song EP.
Last Friday, "Recorded Songs" was released and shows off a different side of the Martin Ambassadors. The band says these three songs existed happily next to each other and didn't deserve to be wedged into an album in which they didn't fit well.
You can listen to "Recorded Songs" from Frightened Rabbit here.
The 00LX1AE is a Grand Concert, slope shoulder model and constructed with a Sitka spruce top and mahogany patterned high-pressure laminate back and sides, which offer a greater tolerance from fluctuating temperatures so you can take your guitar anywhere without worry.
The high-performance tapered neck is constructed from a rust-colored birch laminate. A faux tortoise pickguard and Richlite fingerboard and bridge complete this model. The 00LX1AE is complete with Fishman® Sonitone electronics to make it the perfect acoustic-electric guitar at an affordable price.
The Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com) presents “Girls Night Out NYC” – an evening of live music, fashion, education, networking and fun at The Cutting Room in New York City on Thursday, October 19, 2017.
This all-ages evening will feature an educational industry panel, on-site interactive sponsor displays, giveaways, raffles, a silent auction and much more. The event will support the Women’s International Music Network’s efforts to create a voice for women in the music industry.
Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at TheCuttingRoomNYC.com. The Cutting Room is located at 44 E. 32nd St. in New York City.
Martin Guitar is a proud sponsor of Girls Night Out NYC and will be on-site for the event. Martin String Patrol Artists The Command Sisters will also be in attendance.
If you’re looking for a new guitar that looks and sounds like you’ve been playing it for 80 years, you have just found your holy grail of guitars.
The Aged version of the D-28 Authentic 1937 includes all of the goodness that comes with Martin’s Authentic Series instruments, like hide glue construction and hand-scalloped X bracing. Plus, the Vintage Tone System (VTS) that ages the wood to replicate the sound of a vintage Martin, but we didn’t stop there. We’ve now taken 50 of these amazing guitars and methodically and painstakingly distressed them, inside and out, in all the right places. The result is a tactile, visual, and auditory experience that will transport you all the way back to the 1930s. And we know you’re going to like it there.
The D-21 Special is a limited edition dreadnought that will only be available through the end of 2017 and it’s definitely worth a look.
The D-21 is rich with East Indian Rosewood which is used not only for the back, sides, and headplate but also for the fingerboard and bridge. Other unique features are the nickel open-gear tuners and faux tortoise binding around the entire body of the guitar. The D-21 Special includes a Sitka spruce top with forward-shifted scalloped bracing, a traditional hand-fit dovetail neck, and a polished gloss finish. Some modern touches include a modern belly drop-in saddle and a high performance neck, for enhanced playability and comfort.
Our friends at Richlite recently visited the Martin Guitar factory to see how Richlite is used in the crafting of our guitars.
Richlite has made its way into the instrument industry for a variety of reasons. The most predominant reason is that companies are searching for an eco-friendly alternative to the endangered wood species known as ebony. Black Diamond Richlite has become the perfect alternative because not only is it FSC and Greenguard certified but it is also has the durability and consistency of the material that has caught guitar companies attention. The best part is that it performs just as well (acoustically) as natural ebony wood.
You can watch Richlite's manufacturer spotlight on Martin Guitar here.
Martin Titanium Core strings deliver the ultimate player’s experience with patented technology from Martin!
With Titanium Core strings, you will find the most superior intonation and tuning stability of any string you’ve ever played. And, titanium is naturally more flexible than steel, but just as strong, so the strings are easier to press down thus reducing finger fatigue. Even more amazing, the combination of titanium and pure nickel used in our Titanium Core strings provides natural corrosion resistance, meaning they will last a really, really long time under normal circumstances! Find a dealer stocking Titanium strings here. Or get even more information on Titanium Core strings in our product spotlight here.
You still have this weekend to come visit us at Musikfest!
In the last 34 years, Musikfest has grown to be the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation with 500+ shows on 14 stages over 10 days. It's a bonus that it is right in Martin Guitar's backyard!
Come visit us the day four nights of the festival (10th, 11th, 12th, & 13th) at Lagerplatz to catch performances, play on our jam stage, and possibly win a Martin guitar. We also sponsor Martin Guitar Lyricplatz which features singers and songwriters through out the duration of the festival.
You can learn more about Musikfest here.
Always on the road? We have the perfect companion for you.
The DRSG is a big sounding Dreadnought at an affordable price. The guitar features a Sitka spruce top, siris back and sides, a Richlite fingerboard and bridge, gloss body, hand rubbed neck finish, and Fishman Sonitone electronics. The guitar is strung with medium gauge SP Acoustic Martin Strings. We recommend this guitar for all playing levels. You can learn more about the DRSG here.
A special one-night only event of The Avett Brother's documentary will be released on September 12th.
The documentary from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio follows the Avett Brothers as they undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and challenges of the music business. It follows the Martin Ambassadors over two years and is set against the backdrop of the Avett Brother's album, True Sadness. "May It Last" has already been recognized by the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.
You can watch a trailer for "May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers" here.Martin Ambassador Seth Avett's Martin guitar of choice is the D-35 Seth Avett. You can purchase the D-35 Seth Avett at an authorized Martin dealer , by finding a certified online Martin dealer , or exploring the buy from factory program .
Looking for a great cutaway guitar to take on the road with you? Meet the GPCRSG!
The cutaway Grand Performance guitar is crafted with a Sitka spruce top and mutenye back and sides. It produces a beautiful even tone with good bass response and clear mids and trebles. The GPCRSG also features a Richlite fingerboard and bridge, high performance taper neck and Fishman® Sonitone electronics to make this guitar ready to go.
You can learn even more about the GPCRSG here.
Martin Ambassador Thomas Rhett has been teasing us for awhile with his new single "Unforgettable" but tomorrow is finally the day we get to hear it!
"Unforgettable" is the second single off the Martin Ambassador's third studio album that is expected to drop in the fall. The song which was written on his tour bus, along with every other song on the upcoming album, and includes the chorus “I can smell your perfume, girl that night was just like you / Unforgettable, From your blue jeans to your shoes girl that night was just like you / Unforgettable.”
Stay tuned to Thomas Rhett's social media outlets to hear "Unforgettable" tomorrow!
Martin is proud to offer this special edition featuring imprinted original artwork by illustrator, luthier, musician and Martin archivist Dick Boak.
In creating the artwork, Dick wanted to reveal and embellish the quintessential scalloped X-bracing of the Martin Dreadnought – the most beautiful and rarely seen internal structure of the company's flagship guitar.
Personally signed and numbered in sequence, the D-BOAK Dreadnought is crafted with a Sitka spruce soundboard, genuine mahogany back and sides, a modified low oval neck, simple dovetail neck joint, bone nut and saddle, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge.
" Tonally, I've always loved the breathy glassine clarity and relative affordability that mahogany lends to an instrument. Lastly, the signed interior label attempts to express my gratitude to the many friends I've made in the music industry. Thanks!"-Dick Boak
Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Dick Boak over the past 40+ years knows the impact that his creativity and love of guitars has made upon the company and the industry. This edition celebrates and shares his long and storied tenure at C. F. Martin & Co.
Illustrator, musician, luthier, author, and employee of 41 years, Dick Boak currently manages Martin's museum and archives. He is set to retire in January of 2018.
You can learn more about the D-BOAK here.
A new volume of Martin | The Journal of Acoustic Guitars has arrived!
The latest volume features a new Word From CEO & Chairman Chris Martin IV focusing on sustainability, more about the #FollowTheFrog campaign and Martin Ambassador James Valentine of Maroon 5's involvement, an in-depth interview with Martin Ambassador Jason Isbell on his new signature edition D-18, and more.
Now put an hour or two aside and completely lose yourself in Martin | The Journal of Acoustic Guitars here.
The Martin Custom Shop is always on point with the NAMM Show Special guitars. And this new guitar is no exception!
The unique 14 Fret Slope shoulder 00L guitar, is limited to a run of 30 guitars with a custom paper label signed by Chairman & CEO C.F. Martin IV. The show special is the same size and shape as the popular CEO-7 model.
The SS-00L Art Deco 2017 features a design motif in collaboration with luthier Bruce Petros in the form of wood purfling that extends around the top, back, and fingerboard. The purfling is laser cut from beautiful flamed maple. The top is Adirondack spruce with an antique toner and the guitar is further complimented with open gear Schaller Grandtune vintage copper tuners.
You can learn even more about the gorgeous SS-00L Art Deco-2017 here.
For many guitarists, including myself, changing strings can seem like a daunting task. While a new set of strings only costs a few dollars and stringing your guitar only takes a few minutes, many of us will avoid changing our strings for weeks, months, or evens years. Then, after we’ve finally decided to subject ourselves to the grueling, pain-staking task of changing our strings, we take one strum and usually say out-loud -- “I should have done this a long time ago.” For a few days you seem to be playing a completely new guitar which stokes the artistic flame of your soul and in turn sparks creativity and rekindles your love for the instrument, but over time we forget how good that first strum sounded and the cycle repeats.
When is the appropriate time to change one’s strings? The answer to that question differs from player to player due to several variables: your sweat’s acidity, humidity, pick gauge (if any), how hard you fret and/or pick, bending frequency, the amount of time you play, type of string, etc. – basically, the amount of abuse you subject your strings to and the type of strings you use.
Luckily, there are few signs that your strings have been through enough and it is time change them. One of these signs would be the need to tune your guitar on a frequent basis. Once a string has been put on a guitar, stretched, and tuned, it should hit a sweet spot where it does not need to be tuned very often. Eventually, after a lot of playing, a string will lose the ability to hold its tuning, and therefore, need to be changed. A second sign would be the loss of treble frequencies/attack. This can be hard to discern for beginners, but over time your ear will develop and you’ll be able to pick-up on this key bit of sonic information. This sign is also subjective because every player prefers a different amount of trebles/attack, but there is a point for all strings where the attack and trebles have degraded to the point that the string sounds dull or “muddy” – time to change those strings. A visual sign to look for is wound string’s wrap wire separating at a fret position(s). Typically, this only occurs if you are a player that frets really hard which is commonly known as “digging in”. Often, this sign is accompanied by a buzzing sound when you play the affected string at the compromised fret position. The most obvious sign that it is time to change your strings would be when a string breaks. Keep in mind that strings can break due to technique, or guitar defects such as a saddle burr, but even the strongest strings will eventually break. The last sign, and probably the most talked about, is string corrosion. Strings can corrode on the inside between the core wire and wrap wire. This is called galvanic corrosion and is nearly impossible to detect. Fortunately, corrosion can also occur on the outside of the string where it is very easy to see due to oxidation. Commonly known as rust, oxidation is a clear sign that it is time to change your strings.
These signs can occur together or at different times depending on the aforementioned situational variables and the type of string. For example, strings made with high tensile strength core wires, like Martin’s SP Acoustic strings, offer much more tuning stability and break resistance than traditional guitar strings, but do not have a corrosive barrier. Therefore, corrosion may appear before the loss of tuning stability or before a string breaks. Whereas treated/coated strings inhibit corrosion, but do not necessarily address the mechanical wear of a guitar string. In that situation, a string could break or not hold its tuning long before corrosion appears. Then of course, there’s the best of both worlds –Martin’s SP Lifespan strings. These strings are made with the high tensile strength SP core wire and are treated for corrosion resistance which addresses both mechanical and corrosive string wear.
All in all, knowing when to change your strings is not an exact science. Just do your best to recognize the signs of string wear and your guitar will thank you.
From: Rory Glass, Sales Representative, Martin String Division