As a further resource, Martin’s instrument builders also have access to a recently digitized archive of essential details about historic instruments.
Under Stauffer’s tutelage, Martin developed the skills and craft that have become his legacy six generations and more than 181 years later. Growing from a small shop in New York to its current Nazareth location with more than 600 employees, Martin guitars have continued to drive innovation while honoring tradition and legacy in the guitar world.
Surprisingly, a fairly large percentage of the original cases have survived with the labels still glued to the cases over a century later. In fact, these holes were drilled in the headstocks of early Martins by Mr. This 1896 Martin 0-42 has a "Nazareth, PA", which is unusual for a pre-1898 Martin.
If the guitar were separated from the case, however, there would be no designation of the style number and size. During much of the 19th century, Martins with tuning pegs also had a pegs made of ivory or horn on the back of the headstock for hanging.
After six years in New York City, Martin moved to Nazareth, Pennsylvania where in 1867 he founded C. As these countless artists appreciate, Martins have a trademark sound and playability that make them the gold standard other guitar makers attempt to emulate.
has been at the forefront of guitar design, craftsmanship, premium materials and tone, developing many innovations that are now recognized as standards of the industry.