C.F. Martin & Co.

Bobby Bare Sr. began writing songs as a teenager and landed a hit record with the talking blues song "All American Boy" in 1958 when Bobby was just 18 years old. He followed that recording with several other hits including "Detroit City" and "500 Miles Away from Home." During his NAMM interview,...
Dick Boak has served as Director of Artist Relations for the C.F. Martin & Company during the development of the popular signature series product line, as well as for such historic projects as Martin's One Millionth Guitar.  Dick has been passionate about the company's important past ever since...
Stu Cohen grew up playing the clarinet, and took lessons for close to eight years. In the early 1950s, Stu listened mostly to country music on the radio, just because it was the only station that his radio would pick up. When he was in college, Stu got into country music even more, and started...
Michael Dresdner loves woodworking, so when the opportunity came up to build guitars he jumped at it. He designed and built several styles of acoustic guitars before being hired by the C.F. Martin & Company. He later worked for Young Chang, the piano company, as they wanted to expand their...
Amani Duncan served as the Vice President of Marketing for C.F. Martin & Company in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Since joining the company, Amani has focused her attention on embracing the rich tradition of the brand while covering new demographics to ensure the world knows of Martin. She has worked...
Elliott Easton often visited Grayson's Music in Long Island, New York as a kid. He ordered his first custom left handed electric guitar from Mr. Grayson, who always treated Elliott with kindness. Years later, after Elliott's rock band, The Cars, had notoriety, he reunited with Mr. Grayson at a NAMM...
Richard Gellis remembers the early days of the vintage guitar movement when greater value was being placed on "used instruments."  As his small store grew in Santa Cruz, California, so did his reputation for knowledge and customer services that helped make Union Grove Music the go-to place for...
Ed Gerhard knew that there was something special about playing the guitar when he heard Andrés Segovia play on TV when he was 10 years old. He took a few lessons from a music store but learned most of his beginning skills from one of his neighbors. Ed has a unique playing style - combining the...
Fred Greene enjoys running the C.F. Martin & Company factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in fact you could say it is his dream job.  As a guitarist he has passion to the tenth degree when it comes to sound and quality.  As a former factory manager for Gibson, he has a love of working with...
John Dee Holeman is the influential blues performer known as the last original musician who popularized the Piedmont Blues style.  He was born in Hillsboro, North Carolina, where he taught himself the guitar and wrote such songs as "Country Girl."  Many of his recordings featured his Gibson guitar...

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