A Visit to the Martin Guitar Factory-Macica Workshop

Greetings from the Workshop…. I thought it would be nice to post a blog about our visit to the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania…

This was a stop for our family on our way home from a visit to Lancaster area. It was beautiful to see all the Amish farmers working their land there.  The Martin Factory was a nice side trip on our way home.

This is a photo of my son and I standing next to some unfinished guitars.

The factory produces about 250 guitars per day there.  It is very clean and all the workers seem happy to be there. Martin Guitars are made in Pennsylvania as well as their other factory in Mexico. It is a farely large facility with all the best modern mechanization’s to help produce the high volume of instruments they put out each day.

Despite all the mechanization, they still make room for hand skill….

Here is a woman hand-cutting the bracing…

and some men working on shaping the necks of the guitar…

There was a (what my family would say) funny story or shall I say moment of tension on the tour when our guide “Ben” said that you can’t make a more perfect neck dovetail joint than a machine dovetail.  “There is just no way”, said Ben.  At that comment, my son said, “you can dad, right?”  I said to my son, “I think you can by hand, but I don’t want to cause a ruckus”.

Next thing I knew, Ben chimed in “What?”  Notice in this next picture how the crowd has now taken a few steps back and left me hanging there with the question from Ben, “What?”

That should just say it all right there!  Rest assured, Ben and I talked it out and the tension passed…  Although I will say, that the way I make a guitar now is originally the way Martin Co. did do it in the 20’s according to an acquaintance of mine; who was a long term custom inlay guy for Martin Co.  Here are some pictures of some of the early history of Martin…

I loved looking at all the old instrument molds and hand tools… I enjoyed learning about the history of the company as well. All in all, it was a nice visit and I’m glad that there is room enough for both “Martin’s”….




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