C. F. Martin & Co have been inspiring musicians all around the world for nearly two centuries. In September, a few lucky guitarguitar team members were whisked off to Nazareth, Pennsylvania to take an in depth tour of the Martin Factory and observe the guitar-making process from raw lumber through to the finished guitar. Dreamy, right?
It's no secret that every Martin guitar is made to an exceptional standard. We were not only blown away by the fascinating history and working of the factory, but the dedication that the team have to their craft is truly inspiring.
During our trip we spoke to the people behind the guitars to hear their stories and we were fortunate enough to sit down with Jeff Allen, General Manager of Custom Shop. We got to chat about the differences between the division between the Shop Floor (where standard instruments are crafted) and Custom Shop, and what this offers the end user. From tonewoods to inlays, Jeff offers a unique insight into the process, dedication and outstanding craftsmanship that goes into making a Custom Shop Martin acoustic.