MARTIN GUITAR MASTERPIECES will be a must-have for the legions of avid collectors and enthusiasts of Martin Guitars. Featuring more than one hundred of Martin's most desirable creations, the book includes instruments belonging to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Sting, and Eric Clapton, museum pieces from Martin's early years and the family's collection, and Elvis¹ famous "ELVI" guitar. It also provides a glimpse into the collaboration between artist and guitar maker, considering Martin's signature-edition guitars designed with music legends ranging from Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Paul Simon, and Johnny Cash to current artists like Beck, Babyface, and Jonny Lang. A sneak preview of Martin's millionth instrument, due out in 2004, concludes the book.
Martin guitars are internationally revered, collected, and played by legions of performers, singers, and writers whose names are the stuff of legend. This beautifully produced book features more than 100 of Martin's most desirable guitars. The Martin Guitar Company is the oldest surviving maker of guitars in the world and the largest and most respected manufacturer of acoustic guitars in America. The Martin name is synonymous with the best and most desirable of any such instrument available today and has been, consistently, since its inception in 1833. Based in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, the company is still family owned. C. F. Martin IV is the sixth generation and boasts an impeccable heritage, traditional values, and matchless quality of manufacture.