Take the Tour
I had been meaning to take the trip for years, but it wasn’t until last week I made the trek to Nazareth, Pa. and visited the C. F. Martin & Co. Guitar Factory. I have owned a few Martin Guitars (and just purchased another beauty after taking the tour) which have served me well throughout many shows over the past decade. It wasn’t until I was actually on the factory floor that I truly realized how much artful skill was behind the process of making the guitars that have served as my workhorse for years.
The guided factory tour started 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 as well as the Play Me Wall, where you can test out the new factory offerings and some of Martin’s best-known and top-selling guitars.
The Martin Guitar Museum displays more than 170 exquisitely crafted guitars that parallel their 179-year history. The museum honors artists who created music history, from Gene Autry and Johnny Cash to Elvis and John Mayer. There is also an Album and CD Display representing music icons and Martin players such as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson (his trusty guitar “Trigger” is a Martin N-20 nylon-string).
During the free tour of the factory floor, your guide will show you how the guitars come to life through the hands of the many craftsmen and women. You’ll see the journey a Martin guitar takes, from rough lumber to finished product, which requires more than 300 steps to complete. The guided tour lasts approximately one hour and is conducted at regular intervals between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The experience is free and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
C. F. Martin & Co. is located at 510 Sycamore St., Nazareth. For more information, including current Martin guitar models, The 1833 Shop or to locate a Martin dealer closer to home, visit www.martinguitar.com.

Sounds like FUN
Indie rock band FUN will be East Stroudsburg University’s artist for its fall campus concert on Nov. 8. Originally scheduled for Nov. 1, the show has been pushed back one week due to unspecified scheduling issues. This concert event will be taking place on the ESU campus in the Mattioli Recreation Center. FUN’s album Some Nights, recently reached RIAA gold certification status for sales in excess of 500,000. The album was fueled by the success of the single “We Are Young” and “Some Nights,” the title track from the album.
All tickets already purchased will be honored on the new date. A limited number of tickets are still available to the public at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, and at the University Center on campus at East Stroudsburg University or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

November Rain
As we tear down the Halloween décor and begin preparing for the end of the world and the holiday season, rest assured new music is on the way. Look out for November releases by Big Boi, Brian Eno, Deftones, Green Day, Guided By Voices, How to Destroy Angels, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin and The Replacements

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Blind Willie McTell Final Blues Recordings 1956 (Vintage Masters Inc.) 2012

Send email to tgraham@timesshamrock.com

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