What's New at Martin Keith Guitars
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...
Sneak peek - Two new basses in stock!
April 6, 2014
It's been a busy Winter, and I'm really glad to see Springtime approaching!
I've got a couple of new basses that are now available - studio portraits are not done yet, but here's a first look!
These are both 5-string Elfin instruments with some special upgrades:
1: Elfin 5-string, Burl/birdseye
This bass has a stunning redwood burl top, complemented by an intensely figured birdseye maple fingerboard.
The body back is walnut, and the neck is 3-piece laminated QS maple. To complete the look, the body and neck have black pinstripe accent veneers, along with black-ringed "deco dots" for a touch of class.
Loaded with Duncan dual-coils and a Pope FlexCore preamp, this bass has a real "NYC" kind of sound - tight, clean, and defined lows with thick, fat upper register and a great, almost 'horn-like' solo fingerstyle tone. Twist a few knobs for a big, open slap tone with tons of headroom.
#2: Elfin 5-string, Quilt maple/Ocean Blue
Both visually and sonically, this Elfin 5 really reaches out and grabs you. The AAA quilted maple top is finished in a multi-stage Ocean Blue, which brings out the depth and beauty of the quilted figure. The poplar body core came from an exceptionally light and resonant board, and gives the bass a lively and quick attack with lots of definition.
The 3-pc. maple neck has internal carbon fiber reinforcements and an upgraded titanium truss rod, resulting in a wonderfully lightweight package that balances perfectly, standing or seated. This extra-rigid neck contributes deep, wide low end and a clear, airy treble response. A wenge fingerboard, one of my favorite materials, adds snap and definition without any harshness.
This is the first bass I've built with the excellent new DCB pickups by Aguilar Amplification. These 'dual-coil blade' pickups are a perfect blend of vintage clarity and modern full-range response, with a little bit of "MM"-style grind that really cuts beautifully. Run passively, they have a natural mid peak and growl that is perfect for rock, funk, and uptempo styles - then, dial in the onboard OBP1 preamp and stand back. I am VERY impressed with these pickups! They are a perfect match for this bass.
"Official" studio pictures coming this week - in the meantime, these basses are available!
Email or call for more info....Thanks!
Woodstock show coming up!
October 20, 2013
Fall greetings from Woodstock! It's a beautiful season, and I'm very excited
to be showing at next week's Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase!
It's a fantastic show that draws some of the best builders and players in the country,
and it's a pleasure and a privilege to be part of it. Hope to see you there!
On a more personal note, it is with the greatest pleasure that I'd like to introduce my new daughter, Eilamay:
She arrived October 17th.
For this reason, please forgive me if I am a bit slower than usual to respond to emails and calls in the next few weeks!
Thanks, and best wishes,
Coming up - Lords of the Low End in NYC!
September 9, 2013
I'm really excited to be showing in NYC on 9/28 for the "Lords of the Low End",
an all-bass show with a very exciting lineup, and a good cause to boot!
I'll be exhibiting 6 lovely Elfin basses, alongside some other wonderful high-end bass, amp, and accessory builders.
Sponsored by LaBella Strings, the "Lords of the Low End" will feature will feature performances by La Bella Strings endorsees/bass players such as the legendary Alain Caron, Ruben Rodriguez, Brian Bromberg, Igor Saavedra and more.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit “Little Kids Rock,” a non-profit organization aimed to help restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged public schools.
Open to the public, $10 tickets will enter attendees into a raffle for the chance to win over $10,000 of bass gear and accessories donated by sponsors and exhibitors.