C.F. Martin & Co.
"Since 1833" says it all really. Martin's catchphrase "America's Guitar" is verified by the fact that you could buy a vintage Martin guitar during the era of President Abraham Lincoln. But Martin continues to innovate the acoustic guitar, and today they are more popular than ever.
At the "Big Bang of Country Music" in 1927, Martin was there with Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. Martin was onstage at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry at the birth of bluegrass music; with blues emissary Big Bill Broonzy in Chicago and across Europe in the 1950s; in Washington with seminal finger stylist Libba Cotten; upsetting the status quo with Elvis Presley on national television; and Martin was there when The Beatles made their famous pilgrimage to the Himalayas.
As times have changed, Martin has relentlessly pursued a position of corporate responsibility and environmental stewardship. Today, there's a great-sounding Martin for everyone, and it remains an aspirational choice of guitar for beginners, players coming up, and many of the greatest names in music.
"A good guitar cannot be built for the price of a poor one, but who regrets the extra cost for a good guitar?" (F. H. Martin, 1904)
Q: I've only been playing for a few years. When will I be good enough to get a Martin?
A: Musically, it always pays off to get the best guitar you can manage, even if means stretching the budget slightly. A nicer instrument provides a more direct path forward in your development. In other words, you get better, faster. A Martin is a beautiful guitar to own, and to grow into, as it mellows with time.