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Wednesday, April 24 2019
Martin CEO-7 vs CEO-9

The NEW Martin CEO-9 closely resembles the super-popular CEO-7. Both guitars were designed by Company CEO, Chris Martin, and have many features in common. Which one might you like best? 

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Wednesday, April 24 2019
Martin D Junior comparison

At Winter NAMM 2019 C.F. Martin & Company debuted the new Dreadnought Junior 10 and Dreadnought Junior 10 Burst. The new DJr-10 design differs from the previous version in one significant way, the depth of the body is shallower. Read more.

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Sunday, March 03 2019
Brenden Hackett of Martin Guitar talks Modern Deluxe Martins

Brenden Hackett of Martin Guitar paid us a visit, and gave us a thorough education on all things Modern Deluxe! Check it out.

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Monday, February 18 2019
Sal Dropped By!

Sal scored a brand new Martin 000-28 Sunburst & we talked him into doing a couple of tunes!

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Friday, November 02 2018
Payne Shelton Dropped by again!

Our friend Payne dropped by again to jam on a few tunes! Maury is playing a Martin D-18 and Payne has his new Martin D-18 Ambertone Custom. Check it out!

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Thursday, October 18 2018
The Munoz Brothers Dropped By!

Heavily inspired and influenced by acts from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, The Munoz Brothers seek to recreate and adapt the music of the past with a unique personal twist. Comprised of brothers Ivan Munoz (bass, vocals) and Damian Munoz (guitar, vocals), the acoustic duo aims to bridge the gap between “the contemporary” and “the classic” through their instrumentation and vocal harmonies.

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Sunday, August 19 2018

Lost & Haunted Ways is the new CD by our pal T Spoon Phillips.  After a long session in the studio, we talked him into playing a tune for us on his 000C-21TSP Custom Artist edition.  

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Wednesday, August 01 2018
LIVE from MartinFest 2018!

Check back often for Maury’s MartinFest 2018 updates!

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Tuesday, July 03 2018
2018 SNAMM Models at Martin Guitar!

The 2018 Summer NAMM show wrapped up on Saturday & Martin unveiled some interesting new models!  Maury was at the Martin factory the moment they were released & he brought some video footage back to Maury's Music. Extra, extra - read all about it!

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Tuesday, April 10 2018
Martin 000-17 Whiskey Sunset and 000-17 Black Smoke

Martin's 17 series guitars are a special breed. They're snappy, light & bright - without sounding thin or nasal. The finish is deliberately lo-fi and they almost look like something out of a 1920's catalog. Read on!  

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Thursday, March 01 2018
Behind the Scenes at Martin Guitar!

Our pal Mike Dickinson gave us a VIP tour of the Martin Guitar Factory - including some truly behind-the-scenes hiding places!  

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Monday, February 26 2018
The Martin D-45 vs the Reimagined 2018 D-45

Maury compares the older style Martin D-45 to the new Reimagined 2018 D-45.  Which do you prefer & why?

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Thursday, February 15 2018
Maury & John Dropped By the Martin Guitar Factory!

Maury needed to meet John Hall for some important company business.  What better place to meet than at Martin? 😎

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Friday, January 26 2018
Martin 000C-21 TSP Custom Artist Edition!

Spoon Phillips has been playing and critiquing Martin guitars for many, many years. When he expressed interest in designing the perfect guitar for himself, we asked if he'd allow us to bring this exciting creation to the general public. This 000C-21 TSP custom artist-dealer collaboration is a short-scale 000 cutaway with a unique collection of desirable features and primo tonewoods, available only at Maury's Music. 

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Thursday, January 25 2018
Martin's new 2018 NAMM Models!

Martin unveiled their new 2018 NAMM models on Thursday, January 25th at 1pm. If you have any questions about these great new Martin models, please contact us

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Thursday, January 11 2018
Martin Standard Series - Reimagined

Scheduled for introduction at Winter NAMM 2018, the reimagined Standard Series is collectively the most significant update to Martin's flagship line of guitars in their 185-year history.  We'd love to connect you with one of these great new Martins!

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Monday, January 08 2018
Congratulations to Dick Boak of Martin Guitar!

After 41 years with the legendary company, Dick Boak has retired from Martin Guitar.  It's the end of an era.  When people speak of Fender guitars, you often hear the phrase "Pre-CBS".  I won't be surprised if January 8, 2018 marks a similar shift in the way people eventually refer to Martin Guitar, in Nazareth, PA.  #postboak

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Monday, December 11 2017
Lamar Snyder Dropped by again!

Maury's old bandmate Lamar Snyder dropped by & the two reconnected on some of their favorite old songs.  Lamar was invited to sit in with Maury & Tim at a local gig, but a snowstorm canceled those plans.  Oh well ... plan B.   

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Thursday, October 12 2017
Payne Shelton Dropped By!

Maury installed a K&K Pure Mini in Payne's Bourgeois guitar, and when Payne dropped by to pick it up ... we talked him into playing an original tune for us.  Then he taught Maury a Tom Petty tune, for good measure.  Sounded great, Payne - thanks for dropping by!

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Thursday, October 12 2017
Martin Guitar Body Size Comparison

By popular request, Spoon Phillips compares 3 popular Martin Guitar body sizes.  The OMC-18E, GPC-18E and DC-18E.  Check it out!

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Thursday, October 05 2017
How to Restring your Guitar

We receive lots of questions about the proper way to restring an acoustic guitar.  Martin Guitar's Dave Doll has a really good video showing you the step-by-step process.  Check it out.

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Thursday, August 31 2017
Dan

Dan "Couser" Crowley dropped by to pick up his Custom Shop Martin deep body 000-28C.  Maury installed a Trance Audio Amulet M for him, and when he came to collect, Maury talked him into playing a tune.  Thanks for dropping by - you sounded great!

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Saturday, July 15 2017
Martin D-28 2016 vs 2017

Maury compares the 2016 Martin D-28 with the new, updated 2017 version.  Which do you prefer & why?

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Wednesday, July 05 2017
Tommy & Clayton dropped by!

Tommy & Clayton have been performing in the Panther Valley area for a little over 2 years.  Now they've finally made it to the big time:  Maury's Music.  :)

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Monday, June 12 2017
Aaron Short dropped by!

Aaron Short is a singer-songwriter from London, England... now residing in NYC - and searching the galaxy for the perfect acoustic/electric tone. He was vsiting the Martin factory today and on his way home he dropped by to check out the Trance Audio Amulet M Phantom.  Thanks for dropping by!

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Tuesday, February 21 2017
The Rossi Brothers Dropped By!

John Rossi dropped by with his Martin OM-28 to have his Trance Audio Amulet MV preamp adjusted & his brother Vinnie came along for the ride.  John is playing his OM-28 and Vinnie is playing a Martin 000-17.  Thanks for dropping by!

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Friday, January 20 2017
Martin's new 2017 NAMM models

Martin unveiled their new 2017 NAMM models on Thursday, January 19th at 1pm.  Maury was rolling tape by 1:00:01! Check out our video footage!

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Monday, January 16 2017
Marshall Fleisher dropped by!

Marshall Fleisher is Maury's bandmate, customer and good pal!  In this clip, Maury is playing his Martin OM-28V, and Marshall is playing the Martin OM-42 he purchased at Maury's Music in 2014.  Thanks for dropping by!

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Tuesday, January 10 2017
Maury Dropped by Autumn Brew!

Autumn Brew has an open invitation to drop by Maury's Music anytime ... but Maury couldn't pass up the chance to see them live!  Greg & Leanne Kendig have a sound all their own, and we were excited to get some of their set on video!

 

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Tuesday, August 02 2016
LIVE from MartinFest 2016!

Maury has been a proud member of the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum since 2002 & he's attended every MartinFest.  Follow us on Facebook for LIVE updates, and check back here for instant-replay! 

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Thursday, July 21 2016
Who Plays the Martin D-28?

​This week we take a look at the iconic musicians that have played Martin's most iconic guitar.

"Known by it’s serial number of 58957, this guitar was once owned by Clarence White before it was sold by him in 1965 due to financial concerns. Nearly 10 years later it found it’s way into Rice’s hands. Although it certainly shows the signs of its age, including divots in the soundboard where a young Clarence White shot it with a BB-gun..."

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Friday, June 24 2016
Martin's Summer NAMM models

Tim Teel has been a great friend of mine for many, many years.  He's solidifed a place for himself in the Martin history books, and I'm so proud to have known him along the way.  At the end of a busy work week, he was kind enough to walks us through some of the new NAMM models. Thanks for taking the time Tim!  

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Wednesday, June 22 2016
A Custom Shop Primer

This week we take a look at where Martin's most unique instruments are made, the Custom Shop.

"Now that I have a better handle on it, I like to think of the Custom Shop as a way for a player to take an already great standard model and make it the perfect guitar for themselves. Love the D-35 but you’re uncomfortable with the narrow neck? Change it to a 1.75”. Love the sound of an HD-28 but you’re not a fan of herringbone? Put scalloped braces on a D-28 instead."

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Wednesday, June 08 2016
Bear Claw on Acoustic Guitars

This week we take a trip into the woods and check out some Bear Claws!

"The idea goes that if a bear scratches a tree then after the wood heals it’s going to leave 'scars'. While I will admit that this explanation is a lot cooler than what’s actually happening, it’s simply not true."

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Thursday, April 21 2016
Acoustic Guitar Break-In

This week we take a look into the future! Will your guitar sound better next year than it does today? That depends on how well it "Breaks-In".

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Wednesday, April 06 2016
Who played the Martin D-35?

This week we take a look at the artists who made the Martin D-35 their own.

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Tuesday, April 05 2016
Spoon Phillips

Spoon Phillips is a walking Martin Guitar encyclopedia, a snazzy dresser and the talent behind our in-depth YouTube guitar reviews. But exactly who IS Spoon Phillips?  Let's find out.

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Wednesday, March 23 2016
The New 17 Series 00 Guitars

This week we take a look at two of the new Martin 17 Series guitars and discuss their biggest difference, 12 vs 14 fret construction.

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Wednesday, March 02 2016
Fretboard Journal - Great Martins!  1939 000-42

We've teamed up with our friends at the Fretboard Journal to bring you - Great Martins!

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Thursday, January 21 2016

NAMM 2016 is starting... It's like Christmas, but for guitar players!

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Wednesday, December 23 2015
Martin Guitar Bracing Patterns

With so many variations on their bracing available, choosing the style right for you can seem like challenge. This week we're going to break down different bracing styles and see what makes each one unique. 

"Undoubtedly the most popular bracing pattern Martin uses is their 'X' bracing. Found on the majority of Martin instruments, the X bracing was first developed in the 1850s. This 'X' bracing took the place of the more traditional fan bracing used by European guitar builders at the time. While maybe not as ideal for the gut strings used during this period, as the market changed and players started demanding louder instruments, Martin's sturdier 'X' bracing allowed for an easier transition to the higher tension steel strings necessary to achieve that. "

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Monday, December 21 2015
Fretboard Journal - Great Martins!  1936 D-18

We've teamed up with our friends at the Fretboard Journal to bring you some... Great Martins!

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Monday, December 14 2015
Chris Davis dropped by

At Maury's Music, we play the products we sell.  Maury has performed onstage with some very talented local musicians over the years, and they're all fans of Maury's Music.  :)

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Wednesday, November 18 2015
Martin D28 vs Martin D35

This week we take a look at two of Martin's most iconic dreadnoughts, the D28 and the D35.

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Wednesday, November 11 2015
Maury visits Blues Creek Guitars

Maury visited Blues Creek Guitars in Hegins, PA with our pal John Hall.  Maury & John chatted for a bit & we get a peek at a pre 1890 Martin Guitar!

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Wednesday, October 21 2015
Martin Guitar Neck Profiles

This week we talk mostly about Martin Guitar Neck Profiles and maybe a little about Italian Westerns.

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Wednesday, October 14 2015
Spoon Phillips compares 3 Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931's

Spoon Phillips of OneManz.com visted Maury's Music for another round of Martin Guitar demos.  At the end of Day 2, he checked out three OM-28 Authentic 1931's and allowed me to roll camera.

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Wednesday, September 23 2015
Acoustic Guitar Body Size & Scale Length

Today we get into the nitty gritty, talking about how Body Size and Scale Length affect the sound of your acoustic guitar.

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Friday, August 28 2015
Spoon Phillips dropped by

Spoon Phillips of OneManz.com dropped by the shop to record another round of Martin Guitar demo videos.  After a long shoot, we took a break and played some other Martin guitars.  :)   This Martin D-45 was hard to put down. 

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Friday, August 14 2015
Martin Guitar at Musikfest 2015

Maury visited the Martin tent at Musikfest and jammed on some Beatles with Custom Shop guru Danny Brown. 

 

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Wednesday, August 12 2015
Martin VTS test - 2 D-28 Authentic 1941's

We tested a VTS Martin D-28 Authentic 1941 against a non-VTS version of the same guitar.  Check out the results & let us know what you think!

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Wednesday, August 12 2015
Martin HD-28V vs the D-28 Authentic 1941

Over the years Martin has changed the exact position of the "X " bracing numerous times, but on modern Martins the standard positioning of the center of this X is about 1.5” from the soundhole. If the center of the X gets closer to the soundhole this is known as forward shifting. If the center is farther away it’s known as rear-shifting.

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Tuesday, August 04 2015
Bobby Lenahan dropped by

At Maury's Music, we play the products we sell.  Maury has performed onstage with some very talented local musicians over the years, and from time to time, many of them stop by for a visit. 

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Wednesday, July 29 2015
Martin Sustainable Wood Series

Many guitar companies are looking towards more responsibly sourced woods with which to build their instruments, both for their more positive impact on the word at large as well as the security they will provide for the manufacturer years down the line.

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Wednesday, July 15 2015
D-28 Marquis vs. D-28 Authentic 1937

This topic was actually requested by a customer who was having some difficulty understanding the difference between the D-28 Marquis and D-28 Authentic 1937. Both of these guitars offer similar woods, construction and features. However, as with all things acoustic guitar, the devil is in the details and it’s only by looking carefully at the specs that you’ll get a full picture.

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Monday, July 13 2015
Martin 00-15E Retro

Martin brought the 00-15M design into the Retro Series.  The 00-15E Retro is the first-ever mahogany-topped Martin to include Fishman Aura electronics!

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Wednesday, July 01 2015
Guitar Road Trip Essentials

With the official start of summer only a few days ago and the Fourth of July fast approaching we are right in the middle of road trip season.  Whether it's to a family BBQ, to the shore, to a music festival or any of a thousand other places, many of us are going to be traveling this summer and there's a good chance your guitar is going to come along for the ride. 

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Wednesday, June 17 2015
Naming a Martin Guitar

For a newcomer to Martin guitars, the sheer size of their lineup can be overwhelming. With over 100 guitars in their lineup at any one time, all labeled with Martin's own unique labeling system, it could seem tough to narrow down your options. This weeks article is going to be an explanation of Martin's guitar naming system, breaking down exactly what each part of a model's name designates and what it means to you. In ten minutes you can go from a complete Martin beginner to an expert. 

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Tuesday, June 02 2015
Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition

For 2015, Ed Sheeran has again teamed up with Martin for another signature guitar, the Ed Sheeran X Signature edition. While taking many design elements from the previous Sheeran model, the X does make a few marked improvements on the original...

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Wednesday, February 03 2010
Martin Performing Artist guitars.. Maury's hands on experience

Martin's new Performance Artist series guitars have re-set the bar when it comes to acoustic-electric tone.  I spent some quality one-on-one time with these new models in the sound room at Martin.  Dave Evans and Tim Teel were there to get me up to speed on these terrific new instruments.

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