The Saturday Video: Martin Guitars

By September 3, 2005Cool Stuff Being Made

There are few manufacturers in America with the longevity and rich history of Martin Guitars. Made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania since 1833, founded by C.F. Martin (and now run by C.F. “Chris” Martin IV), its story has become intertwined with American history. Known for its excellence and craftsmanship and for setting the gold standard in acoustic guitars (the blogger-in-chief even owns one!), C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. has been consistently one of the truly great American manufacturing names.

This video is a little longer than we usually post (it’s about 20 minutes long), but hey, it’s a 3-day weekend, and it’s really, really good. there’s some history of the company thrown in, but a lot of those beautiful Martin Guitars being made. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, Babyface Edmonds, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, just about any acoustic artist you see or hear, all play a Martin Guitar. For those of you who watched Martin Scorsese’s series on the blues, you saw many a Martin being played. Even Mark Twain owned and played a Martin. That one’s been valued, by the way, at over $15 million. You can get one a little cheaper, though, not to worry.

So sit back, watch it all happen, from the hand-selected wood to the final tuning. Hmmmm, let’s see…. E-A-D-G-B-E. Yeah, that’s about right……