A Family Affair at Martin Guitar

The current CEO wants to keep the successful company in the family. But the heir apparent is still in diapers

The sixth-generation, family-owned Martin Guitar Company will turn 175 next year, making it the oldest surviving guitar maker in the world (see BusinessWeek.com, 2/13/06, "America's Oldest Business Heirlooms"). The company has been passed down five times since it was started by German immigrant Christian Frederick Martin Sr. in 1833; each time, it has been handed to the first-born son of the owner.

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