Cool Stuff Being Made: Martin Guitars

By September 28, 2008General

This September marks Martin Guitar’s 175th anniversary, so it’s with great pleasure AND a sense of history that we present this week’s Cool Stuff Being Made. The video is introduced by Chris Martin, chairman and CEO of the sixth-generation family-owned company, more properly known as C.F. Martin & Co, world famous manufacturers of accousting guitars.

Dick Boak, artist relations manager, does the honors of leading the manufacturing plant tour. Of course, as with so many high-quality string instruments, the work starts with the finest woods — in this case, mahogany from Peru, American hard maple, Spanish cedar from Central America, etc. When you start 300 guitars a day, you’re processing wood continually, Boak explains.

This week stays with the cutting, shaping, gluing, etc., of the wood. In part two, we’ll get to see actual assembly.

Thank you, PCN for supply the video!

Oh, and considering it artistic license, we’ll also link to the interesting, beautiful and cool magazine, Fretboard Journal and its spring ’08 issue, which contained a story on Martin’s first Orchestra Model guitar.


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