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Win Martin 'Dreadnought' at Musikfest

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by The Press in Focus

C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., Nazareth, largest producer of acoustic guitars in the United States, is giving away a Martin D-28 during the 29th annual Musikfest, Bethlehem.

As part of the contest, Martin Guitar is giving a private tour of the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, and an opportunity to meet C.F. Martin & Co. Chairman and CEO Chris Martin IV, who will sign the brand-new D-28 guitar.

The contest was launched opening night, Aug. 3, at Musikfest when C.F Martin & Co. Director of Museum & Archives and Special Projects Dick Boak visited the festival to present the guitar at Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz, the festival singer-songwriter stage in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

Registration for the contest continues at Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz and online through Aug. 12, with the winner announced on the Martin Guitar Facebook page at noon Aug. 15.

"Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz is the destination at Musikfest where audiences head to enjoy talented singer-songwriters, many of whom perform on acoustic guitars including Martins," said Amani Duncan, Vice President of Brand Marketing for C.F. Martin & Company.

C.F Martin & Co. has been creating instruments for more than 175 years. It has introduced techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size.

The "Dreadnought," as the D-28 is called, is constructed of solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top and mahogany neck. Massive bass response balanced with articulate highs makes it a benchmark acoustic guitar.

The instrument, which retails for $3,000, has long been a favorite of some of the music business's biggest names and is ideal for beginning and intermediate guitar players.

D-28s have been been played by Jimmy Page, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.