At Winter NAMM 2019 C.F. Martin & Company debuted the new Dreadnought Junior 10 and Dreadnought Junior 10 Burst. The new DJr-10 design differs from the previous version in one significant way, the depth of the body is shallower. Read more.
Heavily inspired and influenced by acts from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, The Munoz Brothers seek to recreate and adapt the music of the past with a unique personal twist. Comprised of brothers Ivan Munoz (bass, vocals) and Damian Munoz (guitar, vocals), the acoustic duo aims to bridge the gap between “the contemporary” and “the classic” through their instrumentation and vocal harmonies.
The 2018 Summer NAMM show wrapped up on Saturday & Martin unveiled some interesting new models! Maury was at the Martin factory the moment they were released & he brought some video footage back to Maury's Music. Extra, extra - read all about it!
Martin's 17 series guitars are a special breed. They're snappy, light & bright - without sounding thin or nasal. The finish is deliberately lo-fi and they almost look like something out of a 1920's catalog. Read on!
Spoon Phillips has been playing and critiquing Martin guitars for many, many years. When he expressed interest in designing the perfect guitar for himself, we asked if he'd allow us to bring this exciting creation to the general public. This 000C-21 TSP custom artist-dealer collaboration is a short-scale 000 cutaway with a unique collection of desirable features and primo tonewoods, available only at Maury's Music.
Scheduled for introduction at Winter NAMM 2018, the reimagined Standard Series is collectively the most significant update to Martin's flagship line of guitars in their 185-year history. We'd love to connect you with one of these great new Martins!
After 41 years with the legendary company, Dick Boak has retired from Martin Guitar. It's the end of an era. When people speak of Fender guitars, you often hear the phrase "Pre-CBS". I won't be surprised if January 8, 2018 marks a similar shift in the way people eventually refer to Martin Guitar, in Nazareth, PA. #postboak
Maury's old bandmate Lamar Snyder dropped by & the two reconnected on some of their favorite old songs. Lamar was invited to sit in with Maury & Tim at a local gig, but a snowstorm canceled those plans. Oh well ... plan B.
Maury installed a K&K Pure Miniin Payne's Bourgeois guitar, and when Payne dropped by to pick it up ... we talked him into playing an original tune for us. Then he taught Maury a Tom Petty tune, for good measure. Sounded great, Payne - thanks for dropping by!
Dan "Couser" Crowley dropped by to pick up his Custom Shop Martin deep body 000-28C. Maury installed a Trance Audio Amulet M for him, and when he came to collect, Maury talked him into playing a tune. Thanks for dropping by - you sounded great!
Aaron Short is a singer-songwriter from London, England... now residing in NYC - and searching the galaxy for the perfect acoustic/electric tone. He was vsiting the Martin factory today and on his way home he dropped by to check out the Trance Audio Amulet M Phantom. Thanks for dropping by!
Marshall Fleisher is Maury's bandmate, customer and good pal! In this clip, Maury is playing his Martin OM-28V, and Marshall is playing the Martin OM-42 he purchased at Maury's Music in 2014. Thanks for dropping by!
Autumn Brew has an open invitation to drop by Maury's Music anytime ... but Maury couldn't pass up the chance to see them live! Greg & Leanne Kendig have a sound all their own, and we were excited to get some of their set on video!
This week we take a look at the iconic musicians that have played Martin's most iconic guitar.
"Known by it’s serial number of 58957, this guitar was once owned by Clarence White before it was sold by him in 1965 due to financial concerns. Nearly 10 years later it found it’s way into Rice’s hands. Although it certainly shows the signs of its age, including divots in the soundboard where a young Clarence White shot it with a BB-gun..."
Tim Teel has been a great friend of mine for many, many years. He's solidifed a place for himself in the Martin history books, and I'm so proud to have known him along the way. At the end of a busy work week, he was kind enough to walks us through some of the new NAMM models. Thanks for taking the time Tim!
This week we take a look at where Martin's most unique instruments are made, the Custom Shop.
"Now that I have a better handle on it, I like to think of the Custom Shop as a way for a player to take an already great standard model and make it the perfect guitar for themselves. Love the D-35 but you’re uncomfortable with the narrow neck? Change it to a 1.75”. Love the sound of an HD-28 but you’re not a fan of herringbone? Put scalloped braces on a D-28 instead."
This week we take a trip into the woods and check out some Bear Claws!
"The idea goes that if a bear scratches a tree then after the wood heals it’s going to leave 'scars'. While I will admit that this explanation is a lot cooler than what’s actually happening, it’s simply not true."
With so many variations on their bracing available, choosing the style right for you can seem like challenge. This week we're going to break down different bracing styles and see what makes each one unique.
"Undoubtedly the most popular bracing pattern Martin uses is their 'X' bracing. Found on the majority of Martin instruments, the X bracing was first developed in the 1850s. This 'X' bracing took the place of the more traditional fan bracing used by European guitar builders at the time. While maybe not as ideal for the gut strings used during this period, as the market changed and players started demanding louder instruments, Martin's sturdier 'X' bracing allowed for an easier transition to the higher tension steel strings necessary to achieve that. "
Spoon Phillips of OneManz.com dropped by the shop to record another round of Martin Guitar demo videos. After a long shoot, we took a break and played some other Martin guitars. :) This Martin D-45 was hard to put down.
Over the years Martin has changed the exact position of the "X " bracing numerous times, but on modern Martins the standard positioning of the center of this X is about 1.5” from the soundhole. If the center of the X gets closer to the soundhole this is known as forward shifting. If the center is farther away it’s known as rear-shifting.
Many guitar companies are looking towards more responsibly sourced woods with which to build their instruments, both for their more positive impact on the word at large as well as the security they will provide for the manufacturer years down the line.
This topic was actually requested by a customer who was having some difficulty understanding the difference between the D-28 Marquis and D-28 Authentic 1937. Both of these guitars offer similar woods, construction and features. However, as with all things acoustic guitar, the devil is in the details and it’s only by looking carefully at the specs that you’ll get a full picture.
With the official start of summer only a few days ago and the Fourth of July fast approaching we are right in the middle of road trip season. Whether it's to a family BBQ, to the shore, to a music festival or any of a thousand other places, many of us are going to be traveling this summer and there's a good chance your guitar is going to come along for the ride.
For a newcomer to Martin guitars, the sheer size of their lineup can be overwhelming. With over 100 guitars in their lineup at any one time, all labeled with Martin's own unique labeling system, it could seem tough to narrow down your options. This weeks article is going to be an explanation of Martin's guitar naming system, breaking down exactly what each part of a model's name designates and what it means to you. In ten minutes you can go from a complete Martin beginner to an expert.
For 2015, Ed Sheeran has again teamed up with Martin for another signature guitar, the Ed Sheeran X Signature edition. While taking many design elements from the previous Sheeran model, the X does make a few marked improvements on the original...
Martin's new Performance Artist series guitars have re-set the bar when it comes to acoustic-electric tone. I spent some quality one-on-one time with these new models in the sound room at Martin. Dave Evans and Tim Teel were there to get me up to speed on these terrific new instruments.