Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Due West and Due North

West of New York City and straight north of Philadelphia, that is.
Here's a clue to this special location in the Keystone State.

Capture all the excitement and intrigue of a factory tour as our highly-skilled craftspeople transform. . . . Come to see our grand Visitors Center in. . . . , Pennsylvania, where you can feel the history, smell the. . . . and play legendary. . . . Our world-class. . . . museum honors the. . . . Please join us in celebrating our 175th year of. . . .  building excellence. 

Can you fill in the blanks?

Can you identify the factory from its statement above?

golden guitar strings being plucked

Yes, it's the C. F. Martin Company, Nazareth, Pennsylvania. It has been creating these stringed instruments beloved by artists across the world for more than 175 years. Martin continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards for fine guitars. Whether for folk, classical, bluegrass, or just plain acoustical applications, Martin guitars––produced in the Keystone State––are revered.

One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder––some tools and methods dating back to 1833! Here are just a few of their models:

blond guitar
The Road King

brown and embellished guitar
The SM Ovine-16

blond smaller guitar
The Little Martin

a guitar for portable backpacking
The Backpacker

Factory tours are available. Visit the company's website for details at www.martinguitar.com

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