Thursday, April 9th, 2009
We reported earlier this year about the release of the first new Martin hardcover book, “Martin Guitars: A History.” Well, the second book in this new edition was also just released. Entitled “Martin Guitars: A Technical Reference,” the book includes a boatload of information about Martins including information on “guitar bodies, necks, headstocks, bridges, woods, as well as other chapters covering Models by Style, the Custom Shop and limited editions.” The book even includes information on Martin’s lesser known instruments like archtops, electrics and ukuleles. Written by Richard Johnston (co-owner of Gryphon Stringed Instruments) and Dick Boak (long time employee of the Martin Guitar company). Full Story…
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Our good friends at Guitar Lifestyle just posted an excellent review of the new book Million Dollar Les Paul: In Search of the Most Valuable Guitar in the World. As the folks at Guitar Lifestyle point out, the Gibson Les Pauls produced from 1958 to 1960 are considered by many to be the “holy grail” of guitars and currently sell for prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
When you are into acoustic guitars, sometimes it feels like all roads start and end with the C.F. Martin & Co. And when you are on that road, the guy you want to be on it with is Richard Johnston. Not only did he write the original definitive story of the Martin company, but he is also a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine and the owner of Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto – one of the all-time great acoustic guitar stores.
Johnston and Dick Boak have just released their update to the original book on the company. Their new book, Martin Guitars: A History, is a revision to the original published in 1975 and is completely updated and re-designed. The book covers the people, the places, and the stories of the all-time great acoustic guitar company. From all we have seen so far, the book is a must have for Martin lovers.