• Gryphon founder interviewed in Collectors Weekly

    Richard Johnston, co-founder of the venerable Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, CA, was recently interviewed by The Collectors Weekly web site. Johnston has earned a reputation as a luthier, and particularly as an historian and appraiser of vintage acoustic instruments.

  • Exhibit Hall Impressions

    This year's trade show exhibit hall seems to have noticeably fewer booths than in past years. (This picture labeled "Where's Gibson?" demonstrates this point admirably. Other long-time exhibitors notably absent are Huber Banjos and The Murphy Method.) Walking through the

  • Dan Tyminski D-28 from Martin

    C.F. Martin introduced their latest custom, artist signature guitar this past weekend at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville. It's the D-28 Dan Tyminski Custom Edition, made to resemble his classic 1946 herringbone, the one he has used on the road

  • WSJ: Martin Guitars deals with the economy

    Wall Street Journal recently ran an article, in their business management section (July 6 edition, page B1), with the story of how Martin Guitar Company has dealt with the recently slow economy. The company was determined not to lay off any

  • News from NAMM

    A number of prominent bluegrass instrument manufacturers are exhibiting this weekend at the annual convention and trade show of the National Association of Music Merchandisers, known as The NAMM Show. Held in January of each year in Anaheim, CA, it

  • Martin Tim O’Brien 00-18

    We heard recently from Larry Barnwell, a regional sales manager with C.F. Martin, and a long-time bluegrass musician. Larry was born in North Carolina and toured extensively as a member of the bluegrass band Monroe Doctrine in the 1970s, during which

  • A journey shaped by a guitar

    The New York Times has an interesting article published last Friday (2/22) entitled A Journey Shaped by a Guitar. It gives an insight into the workings of the famous Martin Guitar company's Nazareth, Pennsylvania, factory. Spoken of in terms of being

  • Instrument Makers Saving Trees

    The New York Times ran an article yesterday about guitar makers C.F. Martin, Taylor, Fender and Gibson joining forces with environmental activist group Greenpeace in an effort to save tree species vital to their trade. One wood the article focuses on

  • Acoustic Guitar – The Making of a D-28

    Acoustic Guitar Magazine has an article in the May 2007 issue which follows the production of a Martin D-28 guitar through the production process. It starts with the Martin wood storage area and proceeds through the many stages, showing the

  • David Bromberg solo project in February

    Eclectic folk/blues artist David Bromberg is due for a new CD. Though he has released some band projects, a retrospective and some live sets, he has not had a new studio project as a solo artist since 1990. Appleseed Records has