Martin Guitars to unveil first series of ‘Art Guitars’ at Weekend Music and Arts Celebration

Where do guitars that are damaged during shipping go when they die? Eight assorted Martin guitars were lucky enough to avoid their uncertain fate after being rescued by an angel in search of a new medium for her artistic endeavors.

'Aside from the sheer joy of applying our art upon the wonderful facades of Martin guitars, these unique pieces will help fund the restoration the Wilmington's jewel, the Grand Opera House, as well as the C. F. Martin Charitable Foundation'

Martin Guitars has announced that it is publicly unveiling eight “Art Guitars” during a series of special events taking place this weekend in historic Nazareth, Pennsylvania. These one-of-a-kind guitars were built by Martin Guitar, but suffered shipping damage that normally would have resulted in the guitars being destroyed. Angel Band singer/songwriter Nancy Josephson, however, asked permission to “embellish” one such of the out-of-commission instrument. After completing her incredible bejeweled guitar (below), Josephson enlisted the talents of seven additional artists to create their versions of guitar art.

The result? Eight unique and extraordinary designs that will be on display this weekend during the 5th Annual Martin Owners Club Event and 3rd Annual Martin on Main celebration taking place at and around Martin’s famed factory and museum. Following the events, the Art Guitars will join the Martin museum collection, where they will remain until being auctioned off to benefit a charity in Wilmington, Delaware, where Josephson resides with her husband, legendary musician David Bromberg.

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