Martin Announces the Use of Recycled Sitka Spruce in Performing Artist Series Instruments

November 29, 2011
C.F. Martin & Co. announced today that it will utilize Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Recycled Sitka Spruce in an instrument it will unveil at the 2012 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Trade Show in Anaheim, California.
The wood, which is reclaimed from dismantled Canadian bridges where it had been used in construction, will be used on the tops of the new GPCPA4 Sapele, one of the cutaway guitars in the company’s Performing Artist series. It is a “Grand Performance” body style with FSC 100% Certified Sapele back and sides and an FSC Certified Recycled Sitka Spruce top.  The instrument has a gloss finish on its top and red toner on its satin back and sides. It also includes Fishman F1 Analog Electronics and a High Performance Neck.  It will be delivered in a 600 Series molded case, which was chosen because of its lack of impact on deforestation.
“Martin Guitar has long been committed to research and innovation to find alternatives to rare woods,” said Chris Martin, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.  “The use of this recycled traditional tonewood will complement the Sapele wood that this guitar utilizes, allowing us to achieve the same structural integrity and traditional Martin sound.”
C. F. Martin & Co. has been recognized for its environmental initiatives for over two decades.  The company’s ecological policies were formalized in 1990, embracing the judicious management and responsible use of natural materials and the introduction of alternative wood species. The company is committed to the directives of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) treaty and the U.S. Lacey Act.  Martin was Forest Stewardship Council recertified by the Rainforest Alliance in 2007.  It is audited annually regarding FSC Chain-of-Custody certification compliance under certificate code SW-COC-000043 and FSC License Code FSC C008304.  It has also initiated its own Sustainable Wood Guitar Series program.
In addition to exploring recycled materials, Martin has been at the forefront in tone testing and the development of alternatives for acoustic guitar construction, having introduced new models that utilize domestic woods such as ash, maple, walnut, cherry and red birch, among others. In addition, the company is researching and implementing alternatives for some models, including: patented High-Pressure Laminates for the popular X Series and Little Martin guitars; aluminum tops for the Alternative X models; Stratabond birch laminate for neck blanks; Micarta and Richlite®, unique fiber laminates, for fingerboards and bridges; and a shell laminate called Abalam that greatly increases the yield of precious abalone and mother of pearl for decorative inlays.
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