A colorful past goes a long way in the guitar-making business, and C.F. Martin & Co. has one of the longest histories in the country, going all the way back to 1833. For nearly two centuries, they've worked hard to earn their impressive reputation that's backed by many guitarists who consider Martin guitars to be the best anywhere. Of course, personal preference always plays a part in guitar choice - but when you try a Martin, chances are high that they'll become your preference, too. Today, the company is still owned by the Martin family, and they've spent the generations striving to uphold the standards started by Christian Frederick Martin almost two centuries ago. In fact, Martin was the first luthier to introduce a large number of the features now considered standard in the industry. Most notably, we have Martin to thank for scalloped bracing and the dreadnought body style. That makes them a great choice if you want to get a dreadnought right from the source, and with outstanding instruments like the Custom MMV, Standard Series HD-35 and Performing Artist Series DCPA4, you'll have no shortage of options for that. If it's versatility that you're looking for, an acoustic-electric guitar should be just right. These models have built-in pickups and preamps, allowing you to plug them into an amplifier to play large venues or into a mixer for direct recording. Martin's acoustic-electric guitars use high-end parts that give them impressive sound quality. For instance, the Fishman Sonitone system found in the X Series 000X1AE is a top performer that, when combined with Martin's exceptional acoustic craftsmanship, simply sets the standard for what an acoustic-electric guitar can be. There are all kinds of Martin guitars available in this section, and any one of them is a great addition to your instrument collection. Narrow down your choices based on the body style, construction, performance level and aesthetics you prefer, and it shouldn't take you long to decide which Martin is the perfect choice for you.
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