C. F. Martin & Co.
C. F. Martin & Co. has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder.
A visit to C. F. Martin & Co. is a must for any music lover. Your guided factory tour starts in the lobby of the Visitors Center which houses the entrance to the Martin Guitar Museum, 1833 Shop, and a gallery wall of famous Martin owners. Guests are also invited to visit the Pickin’ Parlor to play some of Martin’s high-end and Limited Edition models.
The Martin Guitar Museum is a center for reflection, bringing together music history, culture, and craftsmanship. Attractive displays showcase over 170 exquisitely crafted guitars that parallel our history. Through six generations, Martin Guitar’s legendary heritage has helped create music history and define musical culture.
Every year thousands of guitar enthusiasts visit the Martin museum and factory to enjoy what’s inside the world of Martin Guitar. As a visitor on the factory floor, your guided tour will show you how our guitars come to life through the hands of the craftsperson. Explore the art of guitarmaking, from old world tools to our state-of-the-art facility. Follow a guitar from rough lumber to a finished product which requires more than 300 steps to complete.
Tours last approximately one hour. Photographs are allowed without a flash. Video cameras or recorders are not permitted. Cell phones are permitted for capturing images and for use on the Museum Audio Tour. Closed-toe shoes are recommended. Public tours are conducted at regular intervals between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. First-come, first-served basis. No charge. Group tours are also available.
The Martin Guitar Visitors Center and Museum are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.