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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Monday Music Round Up- 4/13/15

Ed Sheeran Nominated For 5 Billboard Music Awards

Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran has been nominated for five Billboard Music Awards. The award show will air on May 17th on ABC. For a full list of nominations, click here.

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Thomas Rhett Receives Another #1 Hit

Martin Ambassador Thomas Rhett has scored his third consecutive number one hit with his single "Make Me Wanna." To a listen to the single, click here.

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Jack Savoretti Performs For Mr. Porter

Martin Ambassador Jack Savoretti performed his single "The Other Side of Love" for Mr. Porter. The performance took place at the legendary Abbey Road Studio. You can watch the performance here.

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Watch This Valerie June Web Exclusive

Recently Martin Ambassador Valerie June performed on PBS' Austin City Limits. Now you can watch an exclusive performance of "Tennessee Time" that did not air on the television broadcast. Watch the exclusive performance here.

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We Give You The Scoop On Flow Wrap

As you may already know, Martin Strings has revamped its packaging. You may be asking why. The answer is we are always looking to improve on our products.

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One of the big changes to Martin Strings is the new "flow wrap" packaging.  The material we use has several layers that work together to form an air tight barrier that keeps moisture out.  During the packaging process the multi-layer wrap material “flows” around the strings to make the pouch.  We use a nitrogen purge system to replace the oxygen with nitrogen.  The strings are then sealed up in the flow wrap to bring freshness to your playing. Plus flow wrap is classified as a recycle #5 and is accepted in many community recycling programs!

You will begin seeing the new Martin Strings packaging in stores beginning in April and May. Want to learn more about our new packaging? Check out our new and improved Strings FAQs here.

 

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Monday Music Round Up- 4/6/15

Martin Guitar Introduces Two New Models

Martin will unveil two new Dreadnought models at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. You can learn more about the D-35E 50th Anniversary Limited Edition and the LE-HMSD 2015 here.

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Watch Guitar Center's Product Spotlight

Our friends at Guitar Center put the spotlight on the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition in this new YouTube Video. You can watch the awesome product spotlight here. You can also preorder the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition here.

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Chat With Martin Ambassador Thomas Rhett

Martin Ambassador and ACM New Artist Nominee Thomas Rhett will be taking your questions this Wednesday! Use #VOTETRACM on Twitter for the chance to get your question answered.

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Cody Simpson Performs "New Problems"

Martin Ambassador Cody Simpson stopped by the Relix offices to perform a few of his new songs. You can watch his performance of the single "New Problems" here.

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What We Are Looking Forward To In April

Final Days To #JoinTheFamily

Enrollment for the Martin Owners Club will come to a close on April 6th. But not before this great offer for new members! #JoinTheFamily April 1st through April 6th and you will be entered to win an invitation to An Evening With Chris Martin IV. You can join or renew your membership here.

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NEEDTOBREATHE Releases Out Of The Woods

Martin Ambassadors NEEDTOBREATHE will release their first live album on April 14th. The live album was recorded at Nashville's The Woods at Fontanel Amphitheater. You can preorder Out Of The Woods here.

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The ACM Awards

The ACM Awards will air on CBS on April 19th at 8PM (EST). Martin Ambassador Dierks Bentley is up for seven awards while Thomas Rhett is nominated for New Artist of the Year. Both Martin Ambassadors are also scheduled to perform. For more information on the ACM Awards, click here.

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Tickets For The Frendly Gathering Now On Sale

You can now purchase tickets for the Frendly Gathering! The festival is put together by Martin Ambassadors Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani. Martin Ambassadors Valerie June and Sleepy Man Banjo Boys will be performing at the Frendly Gathering. You can purchase your tickets here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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 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.

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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.

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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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