Since it was founded in 1833, no guitar company has had a more profound impact on American music than C. F. Martin & Company. Its exquisitely made guitars have helped define country music, rockabilly, folk, and acoustic rock. And martins have been THE instruments of choice for star performers from Gene Autry to Johnny Chas, Joan Baez to Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton to Steve Howe. -- In this book, music writer Jim Washburn and guitar expert Richard Johnston follow the rich history of Martin, showing you what makes the instruments so special and how a company from rural Pennsylvania has grown from a one-man shop to an international star. hundreds of photographs of classic instruments illustrate the story, including many pictures that have never before been published. interviews with major rock, folk, and country stars who revere Martins round out the story. It's a \"must-have\" book for both guitar lovers and collectors.