Pre-war Martin video

CF Martin has posted a video that captures an interesting part of the mystique that surrounds their celebrated guitars built prior to World War II.

It contains footage shot in 1939 at the old Martin shop on North Street, which was the site where these guitars were made by hand for nearly 100 years, until a new facility was built in the late 1950s.

The video is paired with Norman Blake and Tony Rice’s recording of (D-18 Song) Thank You Mr. Martin, written by Jerry Faires, which was included on Blake & Rice 2 in 1990.

I suspect it will be plainly irresistible to anyone who cherishes this era of CF Martin’s history.

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John Lawless

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  • Tony Bentley

    What a great video! After all these years it is still clear with good lighting and really captures the hand-craftsmanship that went into the prewar Martin guitars. It makes me appreciated my Martin even more. Thanks for the video!