The University of North Carolina Press recently published a new book documenting the life and success of Christian Frederick Martin, the German guitar repairman turned founder of Martin Guitar Company in 1833. The book is of interest to entrepreneurs and music lovers alike. It documents 19th century American business history as well as the development of early American music.

Today, Martin Guitar is still going strong, as Donna Fenn noted in her April 2003 piece, "Getting a Purchase on Inventory." In this article, Fenn discusses how the company's owner, Chris Martin, manages Martin's purchasing and inventory.