Since the C.F. Martin & Company company sold its first guitar in 1833, it's hit some pretty impressive milestones and shaped the guitar-making industry.
1850's - Developed the X-bracing system
1929 - Developed the 14-fret neck, allowing for higher notes
1930 - Released the dreadnought guitar
1979 - Opened its custom shop
1990 - Built its 500 thousandth guitar
2004 - Built its millionth guitar
And now, in 2016, the company has built it's 2 millionth guitar. Chris Martin IV, Martin’s chairman and CEO recalls, “Someone said to me, ‘Chris, you know the two-millionth Martin guitar is rapidly approaching, do you want to commemorate it in a similar way that you did the millionth guitar?’ And I said. ‘Absolutely.’” That commemoration comes in the form of a D-200, with a stunningly unique watch work design, which symbolizes the passage of time and their customers' shared love of fine guitars and fine watches.
“There is a connection between people who like fine guitars and fine watches, and we’ve decided to bring those two together,” Chris Martin says. “It’s something pretty special.”
The the company's partnership with watch makers RGM, and the process of making this milestone guitar, is beautifully described in this video. Enjoy!
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