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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Revised edition edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634037854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634037856
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen D. Green
They are not afraid to show the warts along with the wonderful history that has made Martin such a phenominal company.
Kevin J. Van Pay
I bought this book for my husband for Christmas.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Van Pay on February 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Even though I own more Taylors than Martins (6 Taylors and 3 Martins), I absolutley love this book. Richard Johnston and Dick Boak take Mike Longworth's classic book and expand it with great, honest insight and outstanding pictures. They are not afraid to show the warts along with the wonderful history that has made Martin such a phenominal company. It's fun to see the statistics on the the differnt models and the limited number of craftsmen they had making these instruments for much of their history. The other fun thing, is you get a good sense of the musical styles and fads that happened across America during the past 175 years, and how that impacted Martin's direction. If you ever get the chance to visit the factory, you won't be sorry. I've stopped by four different times during the past ten years; and the new museum, store and picking room are a huge improvement over my first visit in '99.
Kevin - Green Bay, WI
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on August 20, 2010
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I haven't finished reading this yet but I've read enough to say if you love guitars and are interested in the background of the Martin Guitar company - the world's oldest guitar company - then you'll love this book. It's crammed with detail after detail. See Kevin's review here on Amazon, he covers things very nicely. Time for me to get back to that book...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stompk on January 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was learning to play guitar and had a fender strat (electric guitar) when I was gifted this book by a friend who knew I was getting into guitars. . .

the book is a great read. It's really interesting, has great pictures in it and covers everything from the history of acoustic guitars, to the start of Martin and their moves and changes through the years.

THE PROBLEM, however, is that once this info gets in your head, you never stop thinking about it. You'll start being critical of acoustic guitars, with this deep understanding of how they are made, and what makes one better than another. Soon, like me, you'll be haunted by the hollow emptiness in your soul from not owning a Martin guitar. Martins aren't cheap! If you don't have a couple grand to spend on a good Martin, don't buy this book. If you have a yamaha laminated top and painted on fret dots, this book is going to make you hate that guitar. it's probably a fine guitar and plays well and sounds good, so just don't do it.
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Nice book, well-researched...but poorly bound for a hardcover. Mine was already coming unglued as I took it out of the box.
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Love the pictures, but I wanted information on the evolution of the guitars themselves, not the history of corporate succession. I expect book 2 will provide more about the guitars themselves.
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