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C.F. Martin & Co. Receives Patent for Innovative Guitar Neck-to-Body Joint Router System



C.F. Martin & Co. Receives Patent for Innovative Guitar Neck-to-Body Joint Router System

Monday, March 09 2015 08:50

March 9, 2015 – C. F. Martin & Co. announced today that they have received a new patent for their innovative guitar neck joint router system, originally introduced in 2012.  Created and spearheaded by Theresa Hoffman, Engineering Project Manager at Martin Guitar, the machine is a complex combination of measuring sensors, a scanning probe, aluminum tooling, and three different cutting tools.

The patented router system uses a scanning probe to measure critical areas of the guitar body and neck. The measurements are then compared to optimal neck fit settings required to obtain a perfect neck fit. The system will calculate the adjustments required for the proper set-up for bridge height and neck centering and machines areas on the body to create perfectly matched parts. The system machines the fingerboard and heel areas on the body as well as the final dovetail dimensions, thereby providing a tighter neck joint, enhanced tone, and improved playability.

“We are proud to receive a patent for one of our technology systems,” said Chris Martin IV, Martin Guitar’s CEO & Chairman.  “Throughout Martin’s 182 year history, our skilled team of engineers and researchers have perfected the marriage of our traditions in craftsmanship with innovative thinking to produce new processes for the next era of guitar-building. This patent exemplifies that spirit.”

Martin Guitar has always stayed ahead of the curve when it comes to manufacturing top quality instruments by creating and embracing new technologies that continue to improve the industry. "Innovation and quality remain top priorities when it comes to our instruments and the Guitar Neck Joint Router System is one of many examples,” said Theresa Hoffman, Martin's Engineering Project Manager. "The team at Martin Guitar are constantly striving for new and more effective ways to create a better product for our devoted clientele, while maintaining our trademark craftsmanship.”  

About Martin Guitar & Strings
C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for 182 years.  It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques, along with those introduced by the company founder.

The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings.  These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line, the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line, which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better.

Martin guitars and Martin strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, pop, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers.  They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television to movies, Broadway, books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. Connect with Martin and Martin Strings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and via www.martinguitar.com and www.martinstrings.com.

Aliza Rabinoff 
for Martin Guitar

Amani Duncan
Vice President Brand Marketing
C. F. Martin & Co.

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