Thomas Humphrey came from Minnesota as a young luthier and set up shop in New York City making classical guitars in the 1970’s. Wanting to improve on the sustain and projecting power of the classical he began experimenting with his own designs, which featured certain changes to the standard designs. In 1985 he began selling his “Millenium” series and it became so popular with classical guitarists that he stopped making the standard designs 2 years later. In 1997 Humphrey licensed his design to the C. F. Martin Guitar Co., in Nazareth Pennsylvania and the “Martin Millenium” was born. The Millenium could be manufactured quicker and in greater numbers, thereby making the price more affordable for the average buyer. These models were made available between 1998-2002. In 2002 these guitars won the Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2002 Gold Players’ Choice Award for best nylon-string guitars.
The Millennium is an alluring instrument with a deep body that tapers gracefully toward the neck. This unique shape combines with Humphrey’s special style of internal lattice bracing to give the Millenium a strong body with a resonant ring. A raised fretboard allows access to higher notes than are available on traditional classical designs. In addition, this guitar features a bolt on neck where most classicals have necks that are glued to the body in the early stages of construction. This important feature really sets the Millenium apart by giving its neck the advantages that heretofore were only possessed by electric guitars.