The company was founded by Christian Frederick, born to a long-line of accomplished cabinet makers.
C.F. Martin & Co has been extant from more than 150 years, run by succeeding generations of the Martin family from the 1830s onwards.
The company prides its self on having encountered few firms with the same ‘staying power’ in the guitar manufacturing industry.
Today, the company operates from an expanded facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
1937 Model D-18
An American Guitar by C.F. Martin & Company sold for $65,000 at a Skinner auction in May 2007. Dated to 1937, the Model D-18, stamped internally with “CF MARTIN & CO, NAZARETH PA” and “D-18, 65584” on its upper block.” The guitar auctioned with its original case.
Johnny Cash’s 1976 Martin D76
Especially popular among collectors are guitars with celebrity provenance which are also sought-after as items of music memorabilia.
Examples by C.F. Martin & Company include a guitar played by the country music performer Johnny Cash.
The 1976 Martin D76 acoustic guitar “bicentennial model” sold with its case for $50,400 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.
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