(June 18, 2008) - What is the guitarist's equivalent of Cooperstown, NY? Some might make an argument for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, but for many of us there is no debate: it's Nazareth, PA, home of Martin Guitar Company. Some of the most famous guitars in the world are on display in the museum there, but that's only part of the attraction. The company still makes guitars in Nazareth and anyone can go take a tour. No one had to twist our arms.
The following videos will give you an idea of what's waiting for you in Nazareth. Be sure to watch the Museum Part III clip - Martin's Dick Boak pulls the company's Holy Grail out of the display case and plays it for you. It's the best sounding Martin known to man. Seriously.
In this clip you'll get an overview of the parts involved, see how sides are bent and assembled, learn about bracing and see how the ribbon lining is installed.
Here, we look at rim sanding, body assembly, fretboard gluing, bracing and dovetail necks.
In this clip you'll see where they make the Authentic Series guitars and where they repair guitars. Also - check out the company's robotic polisher.