Frendly Presents: Following Frendly!

The first episode of Following Frendly has arrived! The web series gives you an insider's look at how the Frendly Gathering is put together and will feature highlights from the festival.

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On the first episode, Martin Ambassadors Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani give you the story of how the Frendly Gathering was created. You can watch the first episode here.

A new episode of Following Frendly powered by Skype will air every Tuesday now through July 7th. 

The Frendly Gathering will take place on June 25-27th at the Timber Ridge in Vermont. Martin Guitar will be on hand spreading frendly vibes while Martin Ambassadors Valerie June and Sleepy Man will perform. You can get your tickets to the Frendly Gathering here.

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Martin Ambassador Danny Davis' Martin guitar of choice is a dreadnought cutaway from the Custom Shop.

Martin Ambassador Jack Mitrani's Martin guitar of choice is a 000 Koa from the Custom Shop.

 

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Big News For Ed Sheeran!

The legendary Rolling Stones have announced that Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran will open their show in Kansas City on June 27th at Arrowhead Stadium! The Rolling Stones kicks off their 15 city Zip Code tour on May 24th.

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Want to see Ed in action with his Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition? Tickets are available for the show here.

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Interested in playing what Ed plays? Find a dealer here to order your Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition.

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Dear Emily: "What's Up With Neck Profiles" Edition

Dear Emily, 

I'm a beginner guitar player and need of some advice. What is up with neck profiles? I don't know where to start.--Beginner Dan

 

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Custom Shop Administrator- Emily

Dear Beginner Dan,

When it comes to finding the right neck for your hand, there are two things to keep in mind- the profile (back of the barrel) and the spacing.

For a beginner, I would recommend a low profile or a modified low oval barrel. Both are on the smaller end of the spectrum and are easier to hold and move around. A D-28 is an example of a low profile and the 000-15M is an example of a modified low oval barrel. 

When it comes to spacing, I recommend a 1 11/16" or 1 3/4" at the nut for a beginner. These are on the thinner side and feel less daunting.

You can mix and match all kinds of profiles and spacing at the Martin Custom Shop.

Of course it all comes down to trying out different necks and see what feels right to you. Maybe you have sasquatch hands like me which makes the full thickness of the V a perfect fit! --Emily 

Contact your local Authorized Martin dealer to start your custom shop guitar or to try out a model. You can find your nearest dealer here.


Emily has worked at Martin Guitar for 8 years. She has been cross-trained in every aspect of guitar building and currently serves as the Martin Guitar Custom Shop Administrator. Ask Emily is an advice column that will appear bi-monthly on the Martin Guitar Blog.

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Monday Martin: DRSGT

Martin's true craftsmanship can be seen in the DRSGT. The model is a solid wood member of the Road Series family and has a classic Martin look.

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The DRSGT is a 14-fret dreadnought that features a polished gloss Sitka spruce top. The back and sides are composed of sapele and has a solid sipo neck. The model includes a Fishman Sonitone USB pickup system that places volume and tone controls in the sound hole of your guitar. The USB port allows for plug-and-play with your computer.

You can learn more about the DRSGT here.

Is #TheRoadCalling you? You can find an Authorized Martin dealer to purchase your DRSGT here.

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Responsible Guitar Building: AFISAP Kiln

Martin Guitar is committed to corporate responsibility and environmental stewardship for over 20 years, maintaining Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification. Being FSC® certified indicates that Martin complies with one of the highest social, economic, and environmental standards on the market. 

Also, Martin Guitar  is proud to be an industry leader in its global commitment to responsible forestry and the use of renewable natural resources with its Responsible Timber Purchasing Policy. We actively recognize our responsibility to the environment, consumers, and staff. We base our commercial activities on responsible stewardship of the world's forest resources. We also  firmly believe in improving the standard of living in communities that we source our materials. You can learn more about Martin Guitar's commitment to the environment and responsible guitar building here and here.


Martin Guitar teamed up with Central American Timber to help create a kiln for Asociación Forestal Integral de San Adrés Petén (AFISAP). A kiln enables wood to be dried in a controlled environment. All of Martin Guitar's wood is kiln dried which helps to reduce warping and cracking. 

Larry Blakaitis of Central American Timber says "I found working with the C.F. Martin Co. very rewarding in terms of bettering the lives of the indigenous local community in San Andreas, Peten, and Guatemala and look forward to future joint ventures.

AFISAP is a local community in Guatemala that is committed to the betterment of their land and community. AFISAP owns over 100,000 acres of land and follows responsible foresting best practices. With the creation of the kiln, AFISAP will bring more value to their wood. You can view photos of the AFISAP kiln below.

You can also learn more about Martin Guitar's commitment to the environment here.

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What We Are Looking Forward To In May

Donavon Frankenreiter's Live Album Show

Beginning May 2nd, Sanuk presents Martin Ambassador Donavon Frankenreiter's live album show! Donavon will record a new full length album in real time. To tune in, click here.

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Ed Sheeran To Perform At Billboard Music Awards

Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran will take the stage at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards. He is also up for five awards. Tune in to the Billboard Music Awards on May 17th. See the full list of nominees here.

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"Monterey" By The Milk Carton Kids

Martin Ambassadors The Milk Carton Kids will release their much anticipated album "Monterey" on May 19th. They have also announced a North American tour that will begin in September. To preorder "Monterey," click here

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Dashboard Confessional Reunites

Martin Ambassador Chris Carrabba and his band Dashboard Confessional will hit the road for a reunion tour alongside Third Eye Blind. The tour kicks off in Ohio on May 29th. To get tickets to a show near you, click here.

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Monday Music Round Up- 4/27

#SaveElephants Wins Webby Award!

We are excited to share that the Nature Conservancy in Africa and Martin Guitar are the winners of the Webby Awards People's Voice Award in Website for Corporate Social Responsibility for #SaveElephants! Check out the site here.

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Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires Perform On Letterman

Martin Ambassadors Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires gave a moving performance of "Mutineer" on Friday's episode of Letterman. You can watch the performance here.

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Milk Carton Kids Release New Single

Martin Ambassadors The Milk Carton Kids released their new single "Secrets of the Stars." The single is off their much anticipated album "Monterrey" which will be released May 19th. To listen to "Secrets of the Stars," click here.

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Hunter Hayes Covers Sam Smith

Martin Ambassador Hunter Hayes gives an incredible performance of Sam Smith's "I'm Not The Only One." You can watch here.

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Last Day To Vote For #SaveElephants!

Today is the last day to vote for #SaveElephants! The Nature Conservancy in Africa and Martin Guitar are up for the Corporate Social Responsibility website in the 2015 Webby Awards. Every year the Webby Awards honor the best of the internet. To vote for the #SaveElephants website, click here.

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Martin Guitar is a founding partner of the #SaveElephants initiative. To learn more about #SaveElephants, click here.

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Monday Music Round Up- 4/20/15

Vote For #SaveElephants!

The Nature Conservancy in Africa and Martin Guitar are up for a Webby Award! #SaveElephants is nominated in the Corporate Social Responsibility category. Vote for #SaveElephants here.

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Jason Isbell To Release New Album

Martin Ambassador Jason Isbell will release his new album Something More Than Free on July 17th. You can learn more about the album here.

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Dierks Bentley Wins Video of the Year

Martin Ambassador Dierks Bentley took home Video of the Year the the ACM Awards for "Drunk On A Plane." Watch the hysterical music video here

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Sleepy Man Announces 2015 Tour

Martin Ambassadors Sleepy Man are hitting the road! The band announced a tour kicked off May 16th. You can find a full list of tour dates here.

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Proud Sponsor of The Fretboard Summit

Martin Guitar is a proud sponsor of the first annual Fretboard Summit!

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The Fretboard Summit celebrates The Fretboard Journal's ten years of publishing. The first ever Fretboard Summit will take place November 6th through the 8th in the Bay Area. By attending the festival you will meet luthier heroes, hear music from Bill Frisell, Chris Eldridge & Julian Lange, Dick Boak, and more! 

Early bird tickets for the Fretboard Summit have sold out but more tickets will be on sale beginning April 21st at 10AM (PT). Check here on April 21st to get your tickets.

Want to say up to date on the Fretboard Summit? Click here to join the event page.

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