What's New at Martin Keith Guitars
Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase!
October 24, 2017
I am delighted to once again be a part of the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase.
Here's a sneak peek of the rosette for my Woodstock show guitar:
See you in Woodstock!
Artisan Guitar Show - April 7-9th!
March 26, 2017
I am delighted to be a part of the upcoming Artisan Guitar Show in Harrisburg, PA on April 7-9th!
Please come join me along with 34 other custom guitarbuilders - this should be a fantastic show.
Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase - Coming Soon!
September 24, 2016
Fall is upon us, and that's always exciting - because it means we're only a few weeks away from the
Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase! This is one of the very best guitar shows in the country,
and I'm delighted to be taking part this year.
This year's show guitar is a new model, a special piece, and a somewhat new direction for me.
After many years of building "different" guitars, this model veers closer towards the traditional flat-top.
Here's a sneak peek at a few of the details:
The rosette, with closeup detail:
This Art Deco-influenced rosette harkens back to one of my favorite periods in visual arts & design. More specifically,
it was directly inspired by this Royal Doulton china pattern from 1935, which I find extremely beautiful:
The bracing on this guitar also has a "1935" connection - it is reclaimed Red Spruce from the wing spars of a 1935 Porterfield 35-70 "Flyabout" airplane. This material is magically lightweight, stiff, and resonant. It's great wood with a great story. This is the first guitar I've built with it:
The back, sides, and neck are curly mahogany - some of the best I've ever seen:
And, finally -the headpiece carries on in the Art Deco style:
If you're anywhere near enough to come out, please stop by the Woodstock Invitational show and say hello! The guitars, music, and community there are all worth the trip. The Fall colors outside will be quite something as well.
New photos, and new In Stock listings!
May 17, 2015
Check the "In Stock" page for some new instruments, and a first look at the great new photography!
I'm thrilled to be working with David Aday, an excellent photographer who is doing beautiful work.
Check back soon for more of these new pictures - there are some very exciting new instruments coming up this month!
Woodstock Invitational show coming up!
October 11, 2014
It's only two weeks until the wonderful Woodstock Invitational Guitar Showcase!
I'll be exhibiting there again this year, with two new showpieces - a 16.5" Auriole in curly maple,
and a new 15.4" model (name TBD). These "showgirls" have a little bit of extra flash for the occasion...
preview pics soon, I promise!
In the meantime, mark your calendars and don't miss this fantastic show! It's one of the very best guitar events of the year.
Going to Memphis!
June 23, 2014
I'm thrilled to have been selected to exhibit at the upcoming 2015 Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival!
This is the newest addition to the roster of serious acoustic guitar shows, and is promising to be an incredible event.
Only 60 acoustic builders will be exhibiting at Memphis, and I'm proud to be among them!
Stay tuned on this page, as I will be building something extra-special for the occasion...