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“This Is *the* Magic Kingdom for Many Guitar Fans”
Review of Martin Guitars

Martin Guitars
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Nazareth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Whether making guitars for god (Eric Clapton) or mortals, Martin Guitar does all 300 steps by hand.
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Even if you don't play guitar, taking the one-hour factory tour of the C.F. Martin Guitars facility in Nazareth may inspire you to order an entry-level Martin sign up for lessons when you get home. It's an incredibly well-designed tour that takes you through the entire process of building a guitar, starting from wood selection to the finished product being personally tested by an accomplished guitar player before the instrument is sent off to its new owner.

The tour guide takes you around the factory floor during the work day and shows off plenty of samples so you can see how all the guitar parts eventually come together. Friendly staff members also answered questions about their work for curious tour members.

The Martin museum, which is just off the entrance lobby, is also a great look at the history of the guitar in America and shows off dozens of classic models, many from established rock and country stars. There's a nice gift shop, of course, but the highlight for serious guitar players is the Pickin' Parlor, a small room in the back with a wall full of high-end Martin models that the company invites you to pick up and play.

Martin Guitars is only a couple-hours drive from NYC or Philly, and a great day trip if you're staying in the Pocono Mountains on vacation. I'd have paid money for this tour, but everything is free except for the items for sale in the 1833 Gift Shop. One quick tip I got from the nice reception lady on the phone: Get there *early* to sign up for the tour, especially in the summer months. The public tours run from 11:00AM to 2:30PM Monday through Friday (no weekends). It's first-come, first-serve and they only take 15 people at a time -- and you totally DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT on this memorable experience. The Martin Guitar staff couldn't have been nicer and it was one of the best tours I've ever had.

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

I've been here for a second time and loved it all over again. In fact, I got to appreciate it more now than before (2 yrs ago). There is a museum, gift shop, beautiful clean bathrooms and super friendly staff. More so, there are a couple of guitars in the lobby that you can play and small table with crayons and paper for the younger ones to keep them busy until the tour begins! The tours are neat, the tour guides are patient and best of all you are physically in the factory seeing it happening before your very eyes.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We took the Behind the Scenes tour. Take the tour even if you don't play the guitar. It is an in-depth tour where you are amongst the machinery, employees, and guitars. It is not a superficial run through the manufacturing process. You'll be impressed with the work that goes into the guitars. The in-depth tour takes you downstairs and begins with the incoming wood!

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Great tour if you love to see how something is made. Quaint museum and they have a room to play all the different models. I loved their 12 string. Best of all it is free.

Thank William P
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

My son and I took a factory tour at Martin Guitar. You go on the shop floor and get to see up close how a guitar is made. The people who build the guitars are true craftsmen! It's amazing to watch them do all the intricate details that go into building a guitar. They also have a museum where you can see all the guitars and mandolins that were made from the company's founding in 1833. They also have a "Pickin' Room" where players can play some of the companies higher end guitars. It doesn't matter if you're a musician or not you will really enjoy the tour.

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