Few companies can claim such a close affinity with the acoustic guitar and almost none can match their history. C F Martin was founded in 1833 and has hand crafted high quality guitars ever since. Among their most notable achievements is the invention of the dreadnought, helping define the big, bass rich sound of contemporary acoustic music. On it's introduction the D-28 was considered too big by many but it's impossible to imagine modern acoustics without that iconic design. At the opposite end of the scale the Little Martin guitars have been gaining huge popularity with artists like Ed Sheeran. Partly thanks to a resurgent interest in ukuleles, guitarists are now looking for something with a defined mid range and unique character to fit in larger arrangements.