Christian Fredrick Martin, the founder of Martin, was born in 1796 on the banks of the River Elbe in Germany. Father is a carpenter. At the time, the guitar was not recognized by people. His father offended the local violin maker for selling homemade handmade guitars. (Probably the violin maker at the time had formed an artist class, and the great Martin as a carpenter was only a civilian.) In 1807, his father was ordered to close down.
Martin classic model
Martin classic models (3 photos)
After mastering the initial knowledge of guitar making, Martin came to Vienna, the capital of music, to become a master of the violin and guitar, the old disciple of John. (By the way, Schubert likes to use the violin made by Old John.) After marrying in Vienna, Martin returned to his hometown and obtained a formal license for guitar manufacturing. In order to get rid of the interference, he moved to the United States. Because the earliest Martin guitar had the words "EST.1833", it was widely believed that his time to move to the United States was 1833.
In the second year (1834), at the 6th Hudson Street in New York, he opened his first guitar store. However, in the process of rapid urbanization in New York, in 1839, in order to seek a more stable living environment, in 1839, it was recommended by friends and moved to Pennsylvania. The guitar he produced here was sold by the guitar classroom that John Cooper coached. The works of this period are similar to those of Old John. For example, similar to Fender's single-row reel, the adjuster for the neck angle can be adjusted. From the 40s to the 50s, Martin focused on the interior design of the piano. He added X-shaped force wood to the inside of the watchboard, which is more powerful than the previous fan design.
In 1856, when the X-type design study came to an end, a boy named Gibson was born in New York. The Martin guitar at the time was basically finalized. Martin I, who accomplished these great achievements, died in 1873 and took over as a nephew, C.F Martin Jr. Due to his illness, Martin II died at the age of 83 in 1888, and his son Frenk.Henry.Martin inherited their last wishes. In 1894, about 60 years later than Martin I, Gibson, a shoe store clerk, began to turn to instrument production.
The model of the Martin piano is mostly expressed in Roman numerals or numbers. The series produced in 1850 is represented by the four numbers 3,2-1/2,2,1. In 1854, the size of the piano began to unify. Added 0 and 4, 4, and 3 models, and in 1877, the 00 model appeared. Until recently, I also thought that 0 is the Roman word O corresponding to D. After reading the relevant books, I realized that it should be the number 0.
Perhaps, there is some repetition in the narrative of time, but it is worth mentioning that a product from 1916 has had a major impact on today's guitar. At that time, Martin produced a series of guitars for a music house in New York. He listened to the advice of Henry of the music company and began to design the guitar for the singer. Because the body is unprecedented, it is named after the British warship and is referred to as the D type. After that, the spruce and mahogany were used as the body, and the 12, 111, 222, and 333 models were produced. But in fact, in 1931, the company began to produce Martin's 12-piano, the D-1 and D-2 at the time, the later D-18 and D-28 predecessors. The D type has almost become synonymous with guitar, and the shape of the body has become the standard of the wooden guitar.
In the old D-28 model, there is a kind of guitar called "Hailinbo" (transliteration) through special treatment. The interior of the edge of the body is specially decorated. In 46 years, before and after the end of production of "Hailinbo", the D-28 appeared in the shape of a force wood, and the inside of the board and the center line decoration changed, which was welcomed by customers.
The old guitar represented by Martin Guitar has great differences in price due to the difference in age and style. In the Martin guitar, it was 69 years ago.
Various styles of Martin guitar
Various styles of Martin guitar (8 photos)
 In the case of the Brazilian rosewood, the guitar of the type above 28, and the guitar of the Indian rosewood after 70 years, there are significant differences even between the same models. Brazil - In order to protect the domestic wood processing industry, the export of logs is prohibited. Therefore, Martin, which originally relied on Brazilian logs, had to switch to Indian rosewood. Among the Martin products, the D-45 reproduced in 68 years and the D-41 produced in 69 years are made of Brasilia rosewood, but the production period is very short and the production quantity is extremely limited (D-45 is about 230 , D-41 is about 50). By the end of 69 years, D-35, D-28, D-21, etc. were discontinued.
In the 1940s, the number of D-28 productions after the war was reduced, and with minor changes in style, there are still various styles. For 42 years, a trademark called "sloted diamond" and a rear open type stringer were used. In 44 years, due to the increase in the number of people using high-strength strings, 12 banjos were produced with the current interior design. For 45 years, the trademark has become a circular design. For 46 years, it has evolved into what it is today.
In the colorful historical development process, MARTIN has successfully adapted to the improvement and transformation of product design, promotion and manufacturing methods. Despite many changes, C.F. MARTIN has never changed its initial commitment to the quality of goods.