Inspectorjoe Posted February 15, 2007 Report Share Posted February 15, 2007 Think exquisite craftsmanship in mass produced goods is a thing of the past? Think again. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s alive and well in Nazareth, PA. Guitar maker CF Martin & company was started in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin Sr. 174 years later, the company is still privately owned by the Martin family & run by Christian Frederick Martin IV. Most of their guitars are still hand built, by actual craftsmen Ã¢â¬â craftsmen who donÃ¢â¬â¢t work piece rate, but make an hourly wage. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s not a small operation either, as about 900 people work at the Nazareth plant and office. Quality craftsmanship doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t come cheap. Their Standard Series D-45 in koa lists for $9,599. If thatÃ¢â¬â¢s too steep, you can get the same model in rosewood for only 9,299. It's quite amazing seeing these guitars built from start to finish. For anyone interested, here are some pictures that I took last Friday when we toured the plant. Friends from out of town wanted to go. It was the second time my wife and I have taken the tour. ThereÃ¢â¬â¢s a slide show mode if you have a fast connection. http://inspectorjoe.photosite.com/martin http://www.martinguitar.com Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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