We pulled in to Nazareth... actually we flew in to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton airport, where we were greeted with a gorgeous old OM-45 from Chris Martin's collection.
Len (Ragpicker) picking in the Cheers Lounge on Wednesday.
Rod Neep telling Amy about the "mystery wood" Martin that doesn't exist. Or does it?
Well, I guess it does. This is a long story and I will let someone else tell it.
Michael, David, Jeanne, Amy.
Dinner at the *wonderful* Apollo Grill in downtown Bethlehem.
Todd Stuart Phillips, on the way to the MOC event.
Ed Golden from the Custom Shop, checking out the guitar they sent me 3 weeks ago.
Greg Kendig and Leanne Spurlin, a/k/a Autumn Brew
Marc and Robin Pessar.
Shaun Hopper. If you haven't heard him play, check him out on YouTube or ShaunHopper.com.
The Lehigh Valley is not only the home of Martin Guitars, but also of Peeps, which are always in season!
Tony and Michael in the Martin Lobby.
Martin's Pickin' Parlor.
My pal Chris Eckhart. Chris always dresses to the nines on MOC/UMGF day. This year he cut his hair, too.
No butterflies were harmed in the creation of this particular OM-18GE Custom. Can't say the same for shellfish, however.
Jolene, our tour guide, rents out ad space on her ankle.
It has to be the world's cleanest wood shop for its size—you'd be hard-pressed to find any sawdust anywhere.
Quite the belt-sander!
Tops going in for thicknessing.
Some nice wood pieces waiting their turn to be in a Martin guitar.
Candling the spruce tops. The light reveals any flaws in the wood.
After the rosette groove(s) are routed, the materials are pressed and hammered in place. After the glue dries it will go through the sander.
This one is an Authentic.
Chris is nut-slotting. Almost a finished guitar!
Gluing in the kerfed ribbon which reinforces the joints between the sides and the top/back.
Gluing-in the fretboard side position markers.
It's factory work, and sometimes repetitive, but they are very proud of what they do here.
Sanding sides. I see some sawdust!