Martin Guitar Gear Review!
Family owned Martin Guitars date back to 1833, making them a veteran among Guitar Lutherans.
Amazingly they have actually kept it in the family.
The current chairman and CEO, C.F. Chris Martin IV, is the great-great-great-grandson of the founder who was born in 1796!
The mother of all acoustics, this is the model every other steel string has to tip their hat to.
Copied by practically every other brand, the D28 started a revolution in guitar manufacturing and more importantly music history.
The D28, with its X-bracing replaced the banjos role in your ‘run off the mill’ band set up and paved the way for the guitar to become the most popular instrument in the world.
Gurus video interview here on the right tells the story about how this guitar came about.
To make sure everybody can own a Martin the company also makes budget models with less frills and cheaper wood.
These are overall great instruments; the Mahogany guitars for example offer a good bread and butter guitar that you can take to gigs without suffering heart attacks every time a punter gets close to you.
The Backpacker series are really convenient little guitars to bring with you anywhere you go.
They come with on board electronics as well should you stumble upon a jam during your travels.
Plug It In
The most exciting development for a Martin in recent years must be the collaboration with Fishman producing the Aura technology built into a Martin.
Fishman record the “under the saddle” microphone, at the same time as they capture the sound using expensive studio microphones in a studio.
Using a computer they study the difference between the sound waves and digitally “image” the studio microphone.
This means that when you plug in a Martin with this technology built in you sound like you are in a studio, but through a PA system.
With no external technology needed you will most likely always sound better than the next guy.
The Signature Model Series
Martin has a huge range of Signature guitars that they developed with some of the most famous players around.
Over 100 models in the range cover artists like:
Beck, Eric Clapton (who has 6 different models!) Johnny Cash, Steve Earl, Stefan Grossman, Woodie Guthire, Ben Harper, John Mayer, Don McLean, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Paul Simon, Steven Stills, Sting and Hank Williams!
Martins Signature Guitars might be expensive.
But how often do you get a guitar developed by your favorite player and the inventors of the Steel String Guitar?
Martin Custom Shop
Should the Signature Series, the D28 or any of the martin models not be enough for you, Martin allows you to design your very own guitar.
Start with one of their shapes, choose the wood, add something different and voila, you got your own signature guitar!
The second part of Gurus Martin video interview talks about some different models, including Koa Wood and different pickup systems.