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Martin 00L-17 full body shot

Review: Martin’s 00L-17 Recalls Depression-Era Flattops

The 00L-17 sounds every bit as awesome as it feels. It’s got a lovely, uncluttered sound, heavy on fundamentals but with shimmering overtones and a nice natural reverb. The string-to-string balance is excellent, as are the projection and sustain. It’s definitely a more powerful instrument than would be expected of one of its size and scale length.

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Martin Unveils Lennon D-28 & More at Winter NAMM 2016

C.F. Martin & Co. unveiled a pair of stunning commemorative guitars on Jan. 21 at Winter NAMM 2016: the D-222 Anniversary Edition, marking the 100th birthday of the steadfast dreadnought; and the D-28 John Lennon 75th Anniversary model, an imaginative homage to the late Beatle. In addition, Martin introduced new…

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Martin CEO-7 Review

In a sense, all of Gibson’s flattop guitars are indebted to Martin designs, but with the CEO-7, Martin tips its hat to Gibson. Inspired by a mid-1930s L-00, this CEO is a no-frills flattop with distinctively sloped shoulders, a 14th-fret neck-to-body junction, and a sunburst soundboard finish.

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Martin Guitars CEO Chris Martin

A Conversation with C.F. Martin IV, the CEO of Martin Guitars

After 27 years at the helm of America’s oldest and most storied guitar maker, Chris F. Martin IV has learned a thing or two about preserving a legacy. Unlike his father, C. F. Martin III, who headed the company through the disco era and resulting acoustic guitar market crash, Martin…

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