The guitar has long since surpassed the piano as the most popular musical instrument in the world. C. F. Martin led the charge ever since the guitar began to take hold in the early 1800s. Although economic conditions will always peak and fall, Martin has been able to survive the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and even the disco decade. The formula for Martin’s success is and always has been an unparalleled commitment to precise hand-craftsmanship blended with optimum tonewoods, innovation, and singular design. Today, Martin remains the oldest surviving maker of stringed instruments in the world, and the largest and most respected maker of acoustic guitars in America.