Martin Guitar Masterpieces (hardback)

Martin Guitar Masterpieces (hardback)

Dick Boak
Foreword by Steve Miller
Introduction by C. F. Martin IV

Publication: Published
Illustrations: 150 full colour
Price: £25.00
Extent: 144pp
Format: 500 x 350mm
Binding: Hardback
Territory: World (Palazzo Editions)
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The Martin guitar has been called the American Stradivarius. Like the master violin maker's creations hundreds of years ago, C. F. Martin & Company produces the best and most desirable guitars in the world - guitars that have been revered, collected, and played by the most legendary singers and songwriters of our time. Through lavish color photographs, inFormat:ive text, and revelatory anecdotes, Martin Guitar Masterpieces takes a look at more than one hundred of C. F. Martin & Company's custom-made guitars.

Martin Guitar Masterpieces is a must-have for the legions of avid collectors and enthusiasts of Martin guitars. Featuring several of Martin's most desirable creations, the book includes instruments belonging to Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Sting, and Eric Clapton; museum pieces from Martin's early years and the family's collection; and Elvis's famous "ELVI" guitar. It also provides a glimpse into the collaboration between artist and guitar maker, emphasizing Martin's Signature-Edition guitars designed with music legends ranging from Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Paul Simon, and Johnny Cash to newer artists such as Beck, Babyface, and Jonny Lang. A sneak preview of Martin's millionth instrument, due out in 2004, concludes the book.

C. F. Martin & Company is celebrating its 170th anniversary as the oldest surviving maker of guitars in the world. The largest producer of acoustic guitars in the United States, the company is based in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and has been family owned and operated since 1833. Dick Boak is head of artist relations and publicity at C. F. Martin & Company and collaborates regularly with artists in the design of their Limited and Signature Editions.