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C.F. Martin & Co.

C.F Martin & Co. is the world's leading acoustic guitar company! Martin has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 180 years and continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder C. F. Martin. C.F. Martin was born in 1796 in Markneukirchen, Germany and came from a long line of cabinet makers andwoodworkers. By the age of 15 he apprenticed to Johann Georg Stauffer, a well-known guitar maker in Vienna, Austria. In need for more freedom to build guitars C. F. Martin moved to New York City In 1833 and by 1838, he moved his business to Nazareth, Pennsylvania where his grand-grand-grandson Chris Martin currently runs the family company. More info on the Martin history can be found here