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  • Some photos from the Martin Guitar museum

    I was up at Lehigh University in Allentown for a conference this past weekend and noticed that the Martin Guitar factory was only about 15 miles away, so I blew off the last session of the day to drive up there.  I was too late for any of the factory tours but I got to go into the museum as well as the "really nice guitars you can't afford" room to play some fun stuff.  (lots of nice sounding ones, although I have to say I really didn't like the Jonny Cash signature despite its great looks- it's all bass, no definition on the treble at all)  It's worth a trip if you're in the area- I just wish that I'd gotten to see the factory - what I could see by peeking through the windows looked really interesting.

    Thought you might appreciate some pictures- please excuse the crappy cell phone quality

    Early guitar, first one with x-bracing

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    Martin made a lot of mandolins in the early days as well

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    Jimme Rodgers' guitar

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    And Gene Autry's

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    Some experiments are successful.  Others, not so much

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    Kurt Cobain's acoustic

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    First guitar in space

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    Didn't come out well, but this is the Vitruvian man inlay on the 1,500,000th guitar.  They have both the 1M and 1M+1 ones as well- I couldn't get a good picture, but that's ok because they are both gaudy and IMHO hideous.  Just covered in inlay front 

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    Another crappy image, but see if you can guess the owner of this one from the inlay

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    Modern lineup 

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    Great pictures!  I love my Martin to death!

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      I'd love to visit the factory some day. Thanks for the pictures!



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