Final Notes, Mike Longworth

Mike Longworth, guitar craftsman and collector who wrote the definitive history of Martin Guitar Co., died January 25th in Nashville's Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a prolonged illness. He was 64 years old. The Chattanooga native learned the decorative art of pearl inlay in his teens and later worked for Martin, the seminal American acoustic guitar maker in Nazareth, Pa. Between 1968 and 1995, he worked for Martin as an inlay specialist, historian and customer relations emissary, writing thousands of letters in answer to individuals' questions about the vast legacy of Martin instruments.

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