An American Icon
Unparalleled Musical Precision
If you play acoustic guitar, you already know there is nothing like a Martin guitar. C.F. Martin & Co. has been creating some the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. Every Martin guitar is handmade by skilled craftsmen, who blend a combination of new design and techniques along with their distinctive, historic traditions. Martin’s famous models include the D-18, D-28, and D-45 to name just a few.
Today, players of all genres prefer Martin guitars, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. The list of Martin players, past and present, reads like a Who’s Who of the musical world and includes such legends as Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, John Mayer and countless others. In keeping with their icon status, Martin guitars have been featured in pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies; on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere.
Perhaps the coolest thing about Martin is the fact that the company was founded in the U.S. and has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations! Truly, Martin is an American success story and of historical importance. Currently headed by Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin IV, the company has been handed down five times since it was started by German immigrant Christian Frederick Martin Sr. in 1833.
“Our signature product and Martin’s seamless tradition of quality to this day remain a significant source of pride for my family and all of those who are involved in crafting these extraordinary instruments,” said Martin Guitar Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin IV. “Since 1833 musicians have connected with audiences everywhere the world over, showcasing their talent and virtuosity over all genres. Martin’s significance and cultural impact over 175 years is simply immeasurable.”
Martin guitars have been part of the fabric of American culture. When the company started, in 1833, Andrew Jackson, the seventh president was being sworn into a second term when the country was a mere 57 years into a union consisting of just 24 states. Since, C.F. Martin & Co. has survived a wide variety of economic, social and political upheavals including the Civil War, post-war turmoil, influxes of immigrant populations with varying tastes and customs, World War I, the “roaring 20s,” the Great Depression, World War II, The Vietnam years and the technological revolution.
Through it all Martin not only survived but its reputation and outreach ultimately improved and increased. In recent years, despite the global economic downturn, Martin has been setting company sales records, crafted their millionth acoustic instrument, undergone a complete renovation and expansion of the Martin factory and unveiled an impressive new museum and visitor’s center at their headquarters in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
Martin has earned an unparalleled reputation for dedication to exceptional quality and focus on one product – superbly well-crafted acoustic guitars. Martin is credited with creating a number of industry standards through the years, special construction techniques like “X-bracing,” the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size – all of which have been copied by virtually every acoustic guitar manufacturer in the world.
Over the years Martin has introduced many new technologies, expanded the factory to nearly three times its prior size, integrated the model lineup with the introduction of many affordable guitars and has fortified the higher end with artist signature editions and vintage inspired recreations of historical Martin guitars. The company has shown a great commitment to pioneering the guitar industry’s eco-movement by developing instruments crafted from sustainable woods and innovative alternative materials, ensuring the future of Martin Guitar for generations to come.
Maximizing Value for Your Martin Guitar
A great guitar is a piece of art, and like a piece of art, you want to be sure you take care of it. If you’re a collector, you know that resell value is a huge factor in purchasing a Martin. If playing is your passion, sound, durability, and playability are going to be more important than resale value, sure, but there are many things you can do as a guitar owner that will do wonders for both. First, make sure your Martin is stored in a case and kept in a clean, dry environment. Keeping a guitar guitar in a moist area, such as a garage or basement, is sure to cause warping in the neck and body. A badly warped neck will render a guitar unplayable and ultimately worthless. Try to hold on to any original paperwork along with your original case. This will help our expert evaluators be sure that you get top dollar for your Martin.
Pawning Your Martin Guitar
Life happens, and when it does you may find yourself in a tough spot financially. At Lux Exchange we want to help you get the funds you need when you need them. Martins can be a valuable commodity, and a great solution for your short term financial goals. After you fill out one of our simple applications, Lux Exchange will have your Martin shipped, fully insured to our secure facility where our expert evaluators will assess the complete value of your guitar. Once the value is established, your dedicated account representative will send out your final offer. Once you click to accept we can have you fully funded that same day. Click the button above to Get Started Now!
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