In 1976, German-born luthier Bernd Martin moved to Granada, Spain to master the art of guitar making. He apprenticed in the workshops of Antonio Durán and Jose Lopez Bellido, and also received the tutelage of Eduardo Ferrer. Bernd was the first (of many) non-Spaniards to establish himself as a guitar maker in the city of the Alhambra, with a workshop in the Albayzín district. In 1999 he won first prize in the "Concurso Nacional de Lutheria" (National Luthiery Competition) organized by J. L. Romanillos. GSI has been pleased to be the exclusive US representative for Bernd Martin and his son Lucas Martin for many years.
To celebrate 40 years of luthiery (1976-2016), Bernd Martin decided to build a limited run of 8 very special instruments. When Bernd took on this project in 2016, only one was originally intended to be sent to GSI (3 of 8). However 3 years later, after Bernd's untimely passing in late summer of 2018 his family finally decided to make this instrument (the 8th, and final, in the series - which until now was kept by Bernd in his personal collection) available for sale.
In the words of its maker: "The '40th Anniversary' guitar is a special limited edition of only 8 instruments. It is the fusing together into one model all of the different improvements I have developed in my mind over the course of my career, which until now have never been integrated together like this. My aim was to create an instrument that showcased the best and most matured elements of my style, especially with consideration of the sound characteristics I have been refining for so long. These instruments will be built with only my best materials, selected from the most premium woods that I have been collecting and aging over the past 40 years. All other components are first-class – the best I can find, and include: golden, non-allergic titanium frets which are very durable; and custom-made Scheller tuning machines with dark mother-of-pearl and buffalo horn rollers.The neck of this guitar is hand split from large boards, not sawn, so there is zero runout with all the wood-fibers straight together. This dramatically improves the 'feel' to the left hand, sensitive to even the slightest vibrations. The guitar is in a fine silver BAM case."