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the c.f. martin story

For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world.

The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C. F. Martin, Sr.’s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830s to recent developments introduced by C. F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is…

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Floyd Scholz. Master carver. American author. Friend of Paul Reed Smith. Scholz, the guitar visionary, caught creative firein the recent, ultra-organic hand-carved PRS Private Stock collaboration withWild West Guitars. The result: Straight Outta The Mojave Desert SidewinderSnake Mojo abounds! The PRS Private Stock Sidewinder Snake Limited Strikes! Sixvenomous hand-carved PRS Private Stock axes for the world by Scholz, east-coast carverextraordinaire! Scholz, a former NCAA champion decathlete and prolificmaster-carving artisan, embarked on the…

Over 1,000 diamonds accentuate this custom made guitar inspired by an 18th-century pocket watch.
  The Fender Custom Shop unveils the Music Repeater Telecaster®, created by Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov. As part of the Fender Custom Shop 2016 Prestige Collection for NAMM, this is a fully performing guitar with a floating timepiece musical repeater built into the guitar. The guitar also comes with a 200-year old antique 18-karat gold and diamond repeater…

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Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce had reportedly just come back from seeing Jimi Hendrix perform in London, when they set about crafting this riff-driven classic. “The way the song happened was the riff came first,” Bruce told Ultimate Guitar. “I just played the riff on the double bass. And then I knew that that had to become a song, but it took a while. Eric came up with the turnaround part. So…

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“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones
As Keith Richards, the riff’s writer, explained to NPR, “I go to bed as usual with my guitar, and I wake up the next morning, and I see that the tape is run to the very end. And I think, ‘Well, I didn’t do anything. Maybe I hit a button when I was asleep.’ So I put it back to the beginning and pushed play, and…

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