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About Martin Keith Guitars

As a busy bass player, I have always been aware of the difference that details, even small ones, can make in the feel, sound, and function of an instrument. These differences can be as basic as a the weight, the points of body contact, or the neck shape – they can also be more subtle, and even the small differences can affect how an instrument inspires the player.

In the best cases, all the aspects of an instrument can work together in a way that lets the player think and move freely, and play without effort. This line of instruments represents my constant efforts towards that goal.

It is important to me to consider each instrument as a whole entity, and not a collection of parts. Considering each element in relation to the others allows the best control over the response and 'vibe' of the final instrument.

The various models represent different design priorities, both tonal and physical. Every effort is made to match pickups, body woods, fingerboards, strings, and electronics towards the specific goal – towards a unity of purpose.

Instrument building is an ever evolving discipline, and the possibilities are constantly redefined by new materials and technologies, and new demands from progressive musicians. These new methods and new needs will always drive instrument builders in new directions, and this exploration is the greatest joy of my craft.

Since 2000, I have worked with Joe Veillette at Veillette Guitars, building a very wide range of instruments and constantly exploring new concepts and approaches. It has been a great pleasure to work with Joe, AndE, and Tim at Veillette, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with them, while I continue to expand and develop the Martin Keith line of instruments.

I'd also like to thank all the many fine builders who have inspired, helped and encouraged me along the way. I feel privileged to be part of this marvelous community.

Thanks for visiting!