|C F Martin & Co
Tuesday May 13, 2003
|Ever since I was a kid I've always had a fascination with Martin guitars. When
I was 10 years old I remember seeing Lonnie Donegan in pantomime (Cinderella, and he
played Buttons) at the Grand Theatre in Leeds and was thrilled to see he played a OOO-28.
In later years, whenever I was in London, I'd always make a point of visiting Ivor
Mairants Music Centre and a few other stores in the west end.
Visiting the Martin factory was a long-standing ambition of mine, so I was delighted when in May 2003 I finally got the opportunity. I met Bob McNally and Scooter at a festival in New Jersey, and they both had connections to the company - indeed it was Bob who invented the Backpacker guitar.
Anyway, we all met up one morning in May and headed for Nazareth. I took the camera...
|Guitar #5000000 - a standard
HD-28 signed by the entire workforce
|A few tiples etc in the museum||#750000 - outrageously inlaid Peacock model|
|A couple of beauties in the
museum, including an original 000-45. Gulp.
|Here they are again||Bob McNally with his invention, the Martin Backpacker|
|CN chatting to Dick Boak in the museum
|An elevated view of the factory floor||Lots and lots of guitar bodies...|
|...and more...||...and a few necks too|
|Even more clothes pegs than instruments||Polishing a headstock|
|I like OM-42s (I have two) but there were dozens there
I can highly recommend the tour if you have the slightest interest in acoustic guitars and find yourself within spitting distance of Nazareth, PA. I hadn't realised just how close to New York City it is - only about 90 minutes by car.
Many thanks to Scooter, Bob and Dick for a most interesting and enjoyable day out. I'll be doing it again soon...
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