Martin Guitars

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A history of Martin Guitars could occupy a book.  It already has, actually.  Several.  A great Wikipedia article as well.  Colonial Lehigh Valley, religion, 19th century European trade unions, and freedom all combine into a tasty story.  Truly exceptional guitars was the result.

Our bluegrass circle in Hockessin can sometimes boast 90% Martins.  Fantastic flat picking guitars; everyone wants one.  Plenty of bass, always a clear tone.  One of the most consistently good instruments on the market.  Anything you play sounds better on a Martin.  The mind is a stage, and all the world an audience – Cicero

Whenever within 200 miles of Acoustic Vibes Music, I make a point to revisit the best crop coming out of a mostly agrarian area in Pennsylvania, three walls of Martin Guitars.  My wallet has thus far stayed in the pocket, but I’m only three or four thousand dollars from a guitar of my dreams.

Here is one of my favorites: OM28.  Sitka Top, Solid East Indian Rosewood Back & Sides.  25.4″ Scale, 14-Fret.  Grover Vintage Nickel Button Tuners.  Thanks, Kathryn, for great pictures!

2 thoughts on “Martin Guitars

    Thomas Tricarico said:
    March 20, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    A number of times I’ve traveled to Allentown Pa arriving at ABE Airport. They have a wonderful display there in the terminal of Martin Guitars and I always stop by to view it. They make a beautiful guitar and ‘tho I haven’t heard one in person, what I just heard on the web is quite impressive. It’s been a while since I used to play and thinking I should pick it up again. Nowhere near a Martin Guitar, mine is just a ‘Sekova’ from Japan. I did enjoy playing the little I did. Maybe it’s time again..
    Thanks for the post..

      American Toolbox responded:
      October 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Acoustic Vibes Music currently has a 000-42 . . . about the most beautiful and easiest picking guitar I’ve ever tried. I am happy, however, contemplating the 000-18, mahogany, unembellished. Simple lines for a simple man. Playing an uncluttered, simple melody. – editor

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