Monday Music Round Up- 3/30

One Week Left To #JoinTheFamily

Time is almost up! The Martin Owners Club enrollment ends on April 6th. Members who join now will receive a 1-year digital subscription to Guitar Player, a chance to attend An Evening With Chris Martin, discounts, and more! To #JoinTheFamily or renew your membership, click here.


Ed Sheeran Releases New Video

Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran released the video for his single "Bloodstream" featuring Rudimental. You can watch the new music video here

Don't forget you can preorder the Ed Sheeran X Signature Guitar! Find a dealer closest to you here.


Live Stream Sturgill Simpson's "ACL" Performance

You can live stream Martin Ambassador Sturgill Simpson's debut taping on "Austin City Limits" on April 1st at 8PM CT. You can learn more here.


The Milk Carton Kids Announce New Album

Martin Ambassadors The Milk Carton Kids announced they will release their new album on May 19th. You can preorder "Monterey" here.



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Dear Emily: "I've Got The Blues" Edition

Dear Emily,

After many years of playing guitar, I'm finally ready to design and purchase a custom Martin guitar. I've been thinking a lot about what tone woods I would like. What do you think is best for my blues playing? Do different genres of music really make a difference when choosing tone woods? -- I've Got The Blues


Custom Shop Administrator-Emily

Dear I've Got The Blues,

Picking a tone wood can be hard because they are all different, none of them are better or worse. It is all a matter of what sounds good to your ear. To me, Eric Clapton's 000 he played on MTV's Unplugged sounds fantastic in a blues setting. The model was a Rosewood 000 short scale with a spruce top. Rosewoods typically give you more bass and boom. Clapton's 000 is a smaller body so it really balances out the Rosewood and makes it a great blues guitar. The top is also important to the sound of the instrument. A spruce top will help project and focus your sound. There are a handful of different spruce species. Each have their own sound, and that's a whole different topic! If you want a mellow blues sound, try a mahogany back and side guitar. If you try one and find you want an even more mellow sound, put a mahogany top on your custom guitar.

Also the genre doesn't necessarily matter as much as what your ear wants to hear. Blues can really range from broken down old-school like Robert Johnson and his L-1 to plugged in Texas blues like Stevie Ray Vaughan. Whatever your style, I would recommend trying out a short scale guitar (24.9"). You can bend notes easier and also sound great playing rhythm. You can manipulate the strings easier and get those sweet blues licks and bends without cramping your hand. --Emily

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 Music Round Up- 3/23

Final Days To #JoinTheFamily

The countdown is on! Enrollment for the Martin Owners Club will end on April 6th. By joining the club now, you will be entered to win a Martin Backpacker. Plus all new members & renewal members will receive a 1-year FREE digital subscription to Guitar Player. To #JoinTheFamily, click here.



Premier Guitar Giveaway- Win A D-35

Our friends at Premier Guitar are giving you the chance to win a D-35. All you have to do is take a short survey to be entered to win. Learn more and complete the survey here. #D35Turns50


 Of Monsters & Men Announce New Album

Martin Ambassadors Of Monsters & Men announced the release of their new album "Beneath The Skin." The album will be released on June 9th. To preorder your copy, click here.


Hunter Hayes Announces Upcoming UK Album

Martin Ambassador Hunter Hayes shared the news of his much awaited UK debut album & his first full UK tour. The UK tour will kick off on May 22nd with the I Want Crazy album release happening on May 25th. To learn more, click here.


Gabrielle Aplin Featured on BBC Compilation

Martin Ambassador Gabrielle Aplin's single "Home" will be featured on the first ever BBC compilation album. You can preview and purchase the album here.


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Get To Know Becky M.- Manager Of The Martin Owners Club

With Martin Owners Club open enrollment coming to an end on April 6th, we thought it was a good idea to introduce you to Becky Manogue. Becky is the Manager of the Martin Owners Club and all its greatness. Take a look at what Becky has to say about the job.


MG: How did you become involved with the Martin Owners Club?

BM: I've worked at Martin Guitar for over twenty years in various departments. About three years ago I took the job of Resale and Merchandise Manager. It was right around the time that the company was revamping the club and I knew I would be perfect for the job.

MG: Why do you think the Martin Owners Club is so important?

BM: The group is so passionate about our products. They have strong ties to the company and its important that we recognize them.

MG: Tell us more about signing up for the Martin Owners Club.

BM: You can join the club or renew your membership at The cost to join the club is $45 for one year. We have a really great promotion going on with Guitar Player Magazine right now. If you join or renew now through April 6th, you will receive a complimentary 1-year digital subscription to the magazine.

MG: What perks do Martin Owners Club members receive?

BM: Part of the revamped Martin Owners Club was completely updating member perks. This includes great welcome packages, renewal gifts, 20% off at the 1833 Shop, and a chance to attend An Evening With Chris Martin. The list goes on and on! You can see the full list of benefits at

MG: What is your favorite part of the revamped Martin Owners Club?

BM: My favorite part is definitely An Evening With Chris Martin. Last year was the first time we held this intimate event and it was just amazing!  100 Martin Owners Club members and their guests came to the factory where they were able to play some of our museum guitars, take a factory tour, and chat with CEO and Chairman Chris Martin IV. The Martin Owners Club members got to interact with Martin employees like they never have before.

MG: Anything you want Martin Owners Club members to know?

BM: I would like to thank every Martin Owners Club member for being a part of the Martin family. It's an honor to be the head of the Martin Owners Club and get to know these individuals on a deeper level.


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Monday Music Round Up- 3/16

Martin Ambassadors To Perform At ACM Awards

Martin Ambassadors Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett are set to perform at the ACM Awards. In addition to performing, Dierks Bentley is nominated for seven awards. Thomas Rhett is up for "New Artist of the Year." The award show will air on April 19th. To learn more, click here.


Watch James Valentine's Rig Rundown

Martin Ambassador James Valentine of Maroon 5 showed off his gear to Premier Guitar. During the Rig Rundown, he talked about his HD-28. You can watch the video here.


Sturgill Simpson Performs For BBC Music

Martin Ambassador Sturgill Simpson performed his single "Life of Sin" for BBC Music. You can watch the video of Sturgill performing here.


Frendly Gathering's New Collabo With Skype

Martin Ambassador Jack Mitrani teased an awesome new collaboration between the Frendly Gathering and Skype named #FollowingFrendly. Oh, and it involves a drone too! Stay tuned for more updates here.




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Singer-Songwriter 4 Winner Announced!

Lanita Smith has been announced as Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter 4 winner! This is the third year that Martin Guitar has been a proud sponsor of the competition.


Lanita hails from Memphis, TN and beat out 16,000 singer/songwriters for the title. As the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 4 winner, Lanita will receive: a 4-song EP produced by GRAMMY award winning Don Was, a mentoring session with Martin Ambassador Colbie Caillat, $25,000 cash, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and a Martin Performing Artist Series guitar.

To watch Lanita perform, click here.

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Monday Music Round Up- 3/9

Colbie Caillat Performs At Singer-Songwriter Finals

Martin Ambassador and Guitar Center Brand Ambassador Colbie Caillat performed at the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 4 finals at the Troubadour in Hollywood, CA. This is the third year that Martin Guitar has been a proud sponsor of the program. The winner of the Singer-Songwriter 4 finals will win a mentoring session with Colbie Caillat, 4-Song EP With Don Was, a Martin GPCPA1, and much more! You can learn more here


Hunter Hayes Score Three RIAA Certifications- In One Day!

Congratulations are in order to Martin Ambassador Hunter Hayes. He received three RIAA certifications last week for his singles "I Want Crazy," Everybody's Got Somebody But Me," and "Invisible." You can read more about the certifications here.



Valerie June To Perform At 'Lead Belly at 125'

Martin Ambassador Valerie June is set to perform at the "Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster" on April 25th. The tribute will take place at the Kennedy Center. You can get more details here.


NEEDTOBREATHE Premieres New Music Video

Martin Ambassadors NEEDTOBREATHE premiered their new music video for "Brother." The song also features Gavin DeGraw. You can watch the music video here.


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Martin Ambassadors Announce Album Release Dates

Mark your calendars! Two Martin Ambassadors just announced new album releases.

NEEDTOBREATHE's "Live From The Woods"

Martin Ambassadors NEEDTOBREATHE will release their first live album "Life From The Woods" on April 14th. If you preorder the album here you will receive two songs from the album instantly.


Mumford & Sons' "Wilder Mind"

Martin Ambassadors Mumford and Sons will release their much anticipated album "Wilder Mind" on May 4th. You can now preorder the album here.


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Monday Music Round Up- 3/2

#MartinPride On Hawaii Five-0

February 27th's episode of Hawaii Five-0 featured a Martin guitar! The guitar can be spotted in the last scene where the lead character McGarrett (played by Alex O'Laughlin) was given a 00-Db Jeff Tweedy by his partner Danny Williams (played by actor Scott Caan) to rekindle his love of playing guitar.


Martin Guitar Continues Partnership With Ace Hotel

Martin Guitar has expanded its partnership with the Ace Hotel to now include custom guitars in its New York City property. To learn more about the partnership, click here.


Jacques Stotzem Performs "Like A Hurricane"

Watch Martin Ambassador Jacques Stotzem perform an acoustic guitar piece of Neil Young's "Like A Hurricane" here. The song can be found on his CD "Catch My Spirit II."



The State Theater and Martin Guitar present GUITARMANIA TO BEATLEMANIA: THE EVOLUTION OF THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR on Wednesday, March 25th in the Acopian Ballroom. The concert features Martin Guitar's own Dick Boak, Laurence Juber, Craig Thatcher, and Nyke Van Wyk. To learn more about the concert, click here.


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What We Are Looking Forward To In March

Join The Martin Owners Club family!

Martin Owners Club enrollment continues! We included a special perk for the first week in March. Renew your membership before March 6th, and you'll be entered to win one of twenty FREE 2016 memberships. Drawing exclusive for new members will be announced soon! Benefits include: 20% off at the 1833 Shop, a chance to attend an Evening With Chris Martin, and much more! The cost to join or renew is $45. To #JoinTheFamily or renew your membership, click here.


One Month Closer To Owning a Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition

Preorder continues for the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition. Ed has already performed on The Grammys, Late Late Show, and BBC with the second signature edition model. We are sure there are many more performances to come in March. To learn more about the model, click here. To preorder your Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition, click here.


"Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith"

Martin Ambassador Seth Avett will release an album with Jessica Lea Mayfield in March. The album will include covers of famous Elliot Smith songs. "Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith" will be released on March 17th. For more information and to preorder the album, click here.


Chuck Ragan Brings His Tour To Europe

Martin Ambassador Chuck Ragan will bring The Pedal Down With The Camaraderie tour to Europe. The tour kicks off March 18th through April 7th. For more information on the tour, click here.




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