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Martin Guitars A History Revised and Updated Book 1 Hardcover – December 1, 2008

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Richard Johnston is Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.

An employee since 1976, Dick Boak has held many positions at C.F. Martin & Co. During his time with the company, he initiated their highly visible signature edition guitar program that has produced artist models for more than 100 legendary musicians, including Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Mayer, and Sting. Dick currently manages the company's museum and archives. C.F. Martin IV is the chairman and majority shareholder of C.F. Martin & Co. and the sixth generation of the Martin family to run the business. Under his leadership, the company maintains its integrity while growing and prospering to unprecedented new heights.
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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: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I bought this book for my husband for Christmas. He sat down with it immediately and got lost in reading it and looking at the beautiful pictures. I was amazed that I got lost reading it as well.
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Nicely documented with great photographs. If you interested in early 19th Century guitars this a great reference book.
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2 very heavy ...very good quality, hard back books! comes in a very nice case and is a great gift! My dad loved this!
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A wealth of knowledge. If you are a fan of Martin guitars, this is a must have.
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