Luthier

Mario Martin Guitars

Luthier
Mario Martin
Founded
2009
Location
Nashville, Tennessee

Mario Guitars® are known globally for their superior playability, lightweight construction, unmatched resonance and prolonged sustain. Mario’s custom finishes and relic/ageing work have been noted by many to be the amongst the very best in the industry. 

Starting out as a musician, Mario Martin has been singing and playing guitar for most of his life. In 1996, Martin went to work at the Gibson Guitar factory in Nashville. After three years of assisting in the production of hundreds of Gibson guitars, Mario went onto a building role in the Nashville-based Fender/Guild Custom Shop. Following his time working with Fender, in 2004 Mario found himself in a management position with MIRC (Music Instrument Restoration Corporation) based out of Franklin, TN. Overseeing factory authorised repair work for Yamaha Guitars.

In 2005, with a wealth of experience and knowledge, Mario decided to start his own lutherie venture, "Guitar Mill" based in Musfreesbro. In 2009, The Guitar Mill Custom Shop was officially opened. The Guitar Mill Custom Shop evolved from a high demand from Mill customers for our product in it’s final form – a finished guitar. The “GMCS” guitars were high-end boutique guitars; custom built in the Murfreesboro, Tenn. shop where they were named after. Mario Martin’s signature and “Hand Crafted In The USA” was proudly adorned on the back of each headstock. “GMCS” guitars were the precursor to Mario Guitars®.

In 2011, a turning point appeared for Mario. The Guitar Mill Custom Shop became known under the new brand Mario Guitars® – replacing the former headstock logo with current “MM” inscription. The re-branding occurred when Mario felt the need to more closely associated with his product, thus naming it after himself.

Why Buy From The North American Guitar

Secure payment methods

We accept all major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal or bank and wire transfers

Flexible finance options

We offer an array of flexible finance options so that you can secure your dream guitar

Safe and secure packaging

All instruments ship in triple-layered guitar boxes stuffed with packing peanuts

Fully insured global shipping

We use the most trustworthy couriers to give peace of mind no matter the location

No hidden fees or taxes

What you see at checkout is what you pay so there are no surprises at your door

72-hour appraisal period

All our guitars come with an appraisal period meaning easy returns if you’re not satisfied