Today the market is overrun with so called “Luthiers / Builders” – quick to source a neck and body, spray a mediocre finish and then promptly proceed to “relic” the assembled product in hopes of concealing their amateur attempt at guitar finishing. Indeed they very well may mask the shoddy fit and finish, unfortunately though; the end product is hardly a replica of an old guitar; but more like a parody of a vintage instrument. The truth needs to be told- Mario Martin has mastered the art of not only hand crafting and realistically aging the T-style, but also about half a dozen other beloved models in addition to his proprietary designs as well. Void is his lineup of contrived wear and tear, compressed air can checking, necks with nary a cold check or flat out silly looking fingerboard wear. Not everone is in to the whole “relic” thing- no problem, Mario also has no trouble producing a guitar that is “showroom” new.
So, if you are mature and experienced enough to know the difference in a decent parts guitar, and a masterfully crafted guitar that is the best representation of a well aged or brand new guitar- you will contact Mario Martin.” – Joseph G. (Nashville. TN 2015)