The Martin "CF" series archtops were designed by Dale Unger, who has been building archtops under the American Archtop banner for many years and also teaches archtop guitarmaking classes. Considering Dale is a Nazareth native, and a longtime pal of Martin's Dick Boak, a collaboration between Unger and C. F. Martin was a no-brainer. Both the CF-1 and CF-2 were constructed with laminated spruce top and laminated maple back, made in Germany, the same source other small-production electric archtop makers use. When combined with Seymour Duncan pickups the result is much like a contemporary version of an ES-350, but without the pearl inlays and fancy binding. This example is set-up with light strings and low action, so it's a very functional jazz guitar with enough acoustic tone for practicing, and of course a wide range of tones are available when plugged in. This one has only slight signs of careful use.