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MARTIN - The Journal of Acoustic Guitars

The official printed publication of Martin Guitar


Martin Journal

The official printed publication of Martin Guitar

MARTIN™ - The Journal of Acoustic Guitars is published by C.F. Martin & Co. in January and July of each year. January issues are available in print and digital formats. July issues are available as digital editions only.

MARTIN™ - The Journal of Acoustic Guitars is written exclusively for acoustic guitar enthusiasts, players, dealers, owners and potential buyers. It includes new product announcements, special edition instruments, developments in the string making area, company news, technical information, and more.

New issues can be accessed in digital format from Martin's website. In February, the latest print issue can be picked up for free at your local authorized Martin dealer while supplies last.

Find previous issue here: MARTIN™ - The Journal of Acoustic Guitars Issue Archives

Current issue: Volume 4 - 2015
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Take it From the Top

I’ll be celebrating my 60th birthday at the summer NAMM show this year. If you haven’t been to Nashville, you should plan a visit. The city is booming. It still is the home of country music and some great food.
Speaking of turning 60, I’m in pretty good company. Steve Earle, Jeff Daniels, Reba McEntire, Sterling Ball and Dee Snider, all artists whose work I enjoy, are also turning 60 this year.

Older, even than I am, by about a thousand years, is a process called torrefaction. When applied to wood, it results in a more dimensionally stable product than traditional kiln- or air-drying provides. The end result for us is guitar parts that are remarkably similar to older pieces of wood. We believe this allows us to approximate the tone of a vintage guitar.

I’m proud to announce that Jackie Renner has joined the company as President. She has a great deal of experience managing businesses that make and sell high-quality consumer goods. She is eager to learn about the musical instrument business and meet the colorful characters who are part of it. I have assured her that we will help her try to understand the grand traditions and specific language that we know and love.

I hope you enjoy reading about our favorite artists in this issue of the Martin® Journal.

C. F. Martin IV
Chairman & CEO
C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.


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