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Review of Martin Guitars

Martin Guitars
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Nazareth
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Owner description: Whether making guitars for god (Eric Clapton) or mortals, Martin Guitar does all 300 steps by hand.
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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121 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Holiday Open House”
Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

The Martin Family is the most welcoming family owned business you want to visit. If you ever get a chance to visit the museum or the factory do so!!

Visited December 2013
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
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“A must visit!”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

I live close by, so have done this tour a few times. We take friends and family who visit us. Impressed every time. Plus it's free.

Visited March 2014
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Albany, New York
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting!”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

I know nothing about guitars but my husband is a guitar lover, so we took the Martin tour. Very impressed by the tour guide's professionalism and knowledge. A very interesting tour, even for someone who knows zero about guitars. The museum is also worth a look, it has a lot to see. We had a nice picnic on the grounds on a beautiful day, a very worthwhile trip.

Visited April 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Start to Finish: How The Experts Craft Guitars”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

Visiting Martin Guitars was an expectant highlight of our trip to Pennsylvania!

Entering the factory, we were greeted by the sounds of guitars. While waiting for the next tour to begin, half a dozen Martin Guitars hung on the wall invite visitors to enjoy. Some of the people on our tour showed off their talent.

The tour begins with a high-level overview of the guitar materials and components. The guide provides much more detail as the tour progresses on the factory floor. Carpenters rough cut and plane the raw woods. Next, expensive machines laser cut the components with high precision. Surprisingly, the craft people hand-assemble most of the guitar. After sanding down the bodies, robotics coat and polish the guitars. In final assembly, workers painstakingly apply the pearl work, string wires and tune each guitar twice before shipping. In total, more than 300 artful steps produce the famed C.F. Martin Guitar.

We were amazingly close to the workers as they carefully and skillfully completed their step in the fabrication process. Even though I have never played a guitar, the tour fascinated me with the guitar’s complexity. The plant tour is a must see for any guitar enthusiast!

After the tour, we explored the C.F. Martin & Co. Museum, featuring guitars and other instruments from the company’s long history. The museum displays guitars played by Elvis, Johnny Cash and others. In addition, extravagant pearl work covers the 1,000,000th and 1,500,000th guitars produced by C.F. Martin. The 1,500,000th guitar, or the Da Vinci Guitar, replicates the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the Vitruvian Man on the guitar.

Enjoy the free factory tour on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours run Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM. The gift shop sells great Martin Guitar souvenirs.

Visited January 2014
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Topton, Pennsylvania
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“A must see if you love guitars”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Can only echo was lots have written already. Fantastic tour of one of the premier guitar maker's factory. Got up and personal with a $110,000 Martin D100 with absolutely amazing craftsmanship. There are areas to play certain Martin guitars, and the staff is extremely friendly. Get there early to book a tour, as sometimes the wait is 1.5-2 hours, and the tour groups are small. Very informative, and an amazing museum and gift shop to boot. And it's free!

Visited January 2014
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