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The Martin Book: A Complete History of Martin Guitars Hardcover – February, 1995
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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.
It was well received and the person receiving it says that it is very interesting.
The shipping was fast and the book arrived on time for Christmas.
It was well packed and exactly as described.
I would highly recommend the seller.
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.
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"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased for interest. I have a Martin, and wanted to know more. I got it, in spades.Published 8 months ago by MerchMan
The history of the Martin family and their devotion to superb craftsmanship is just further evidence in support of the value and excellence of Martin guitars.Published on April 10, 2014 by Felix J Burrus Jr
I visited the Martin guitar factory this past summer with my nephew, and got this book for him as a Christmas gift. It is a great resource on Martin.Published on January 12, 2011 by Al Dell'Angelo