Michael Dickinson was born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, home of C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. His mother and grandfather had worked for the grand guitar maker, but Michael wanted to be a rock star. After many high school bands failed to become famous, Michael turned his sights to higher education.
While home for a visit, one of the bands decided to reunite and got noticed. Unfortunately, they were noticed by a bunch of lawyers who threatened to sue them for using the name “Nightmare.” I like to say I got sued by Casper the ghost (Nightmare is Casper’s horse).
With no money in his pocket, Michael’s sister, who had recently started at Martin, informed him of a job at The Company. “Oh well, something to do till the band gets back together.” Michael still says that to this day. That particular job was working in the company sawmill and selling exotic woods.
22 years later, Michael has spent time in Guitarmaker’s Connection (Martin's guitar parts division), Customer Service, and has recently rejoined the supply chain by accepting the position of Exotic, Alternative and Sustainable Wood Sourcing Specialist. This post includes traveling around the world searching out unique woods and checking on the legality of species.
He also has the unique responsibility of being the purchaser of old instruments for the Martin Museum, due to his extensive knowledge of the company’s history.
Michael did complete his education receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. He has two sons 19 & 17, he occasionally builds and repairs guitars, enjoys woodworking in general, and is an all around guitar geek.