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The Martin Book: A Complete History of Martin Guitars Hardcover – February, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 1st American ed edition (February 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879303549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879303549
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Walter Carter is the former historian for Gibson Guitar Corporation and the author of ten books on guitars, including Gibson Guitars: 100 Years of an American Icon and Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, he has also written a how-to for co-writing songs and a biography of the Oak Ridge Boys.

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This is a history of the Martin guitar ,which is one of America"s finest instruments.
Robert William Stockell
I visited the Martin guitar factory this past summer with my nephew, and got this book for him as a Christmas gift.
Al Dell'Angelo
So you can read the book or look at the photos (and try to avoid drooling down your shirt front).
John Floars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Old Fisherman on July 31, 2000
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This book is an excellent story of the Martin family and how they came to be guitar manufacturers for the past 133 years. It gives you a brief history of the family and the many guitar styles that have been produced through the years. The book also touches briefly on the history of guitar playing in the United States and how the Martin family rose to meet the challenges of the era of the banjo and the mandolin. The book also contains many fine photographs illustrating the Martin line from the beginning until the mid 1990's (when the book was written).
The second half of the book is a reference section that lists each Martin guitar style and gives information on how to date particular instruments. This is valuable, especially for collectors since on the early instruments only the cases were labeled and not the guitars themselves.
All in all I found the book interesting. My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is since the book was published in 1995 Martin has come out with many special run guitars. Unfortunately they're not covered in this book. If you have even a passing interest in Martin guitars you'll find this book interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Van Veen on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I already had the 1995 edition and was very curious to this 2006 update since a lot has happened at CF Martin.
The front cover states 'new pictures and revised text' and that is true. But they also changed the format, layout and paper quality. And so it has lost all the magic of the 1995 version. That one had very nice fold out pictures, was very easy to read because of font types and color, and had those body size sketches and charts and style charts.

If you haven't seen the 1995 edition you will probably like the 2005 edition. But for me the 2005 edition has become a book as many others already available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Assink-lemans on May 29, 2008
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I liked the book. Interesting and everything kept short and snappy. I would've liked some more in depth stories about the important things like the development of the Dreadnought, but there was some nice inside info with the interviews with C.F. Martin IV.

I found the 'interruptions' with pictures of models and artists a bit annoying and a bit too brief. I would've liked to read more about important moments like the MTV unplugged series and the Eric Clapton signature models.

All in all definitely worth reading and having. I am looking forward to receiving and reading Richard Johnston's "Martin Guitars"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JR on February 16, 2014
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Kindle version is a great read, but the pictures look like the we're cut out by a 5 year old! The guitar images are small and crudely put together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Floars on May 12, 2013
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If you love Martin guitars (which is like asking Yitzhak Perlman if he loves Stradivarius violins), you will definitely love this book. Besides telling the story of the Martin company -- how it started and how it got to where it is today -- it's filled with gorgeous photos (including some triple-page foldouts) of Martin guitars ranging from the 1830s to today's highly esteemed instruments. So you can read the book or look at the photos (and try to avoid drooling down your shirt front). The book is smaller than what's generally referred to as "coffee table" size, which means that some of the photos are a bit small for my taste; but they're still great shots of some great guitars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Lovin Mark on February 10, 2011
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This book starts at the beginning tracing the evolution of the Martin family business and the instruments they produced. It is well written with photo illustrations. I have never owned a Martin guitar, but enjoyed reading about this long lasting American company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Biggs on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent resource for researching the history, development and evolution of C. F. Martin guitars. This is the 2nd edition and much improved over the first. Highly recommended for Martin fans.
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