Martin Guitars Showcased At Metropolitan Museum
...signed by Christian Frederick Martin, the earliest established guitar with his widely copied X-braced construction, as well as the 1939 000-28 played by Eric Clapton on MTV’s first Unplugged series in 1992.
C. F. Martin, founder of C. F. Martin & Co., was the son of a cabinetmaker in Markneukirchen, Saxony. He learned to build instruments from the famed Viennese guitar maker Johann Georg Stauffer. However, when his efforts to build instruments in Germany were limited by the restrictive trade guilds in Markneukirchen, he moved to the United States in 1833. Settling first in New York City, he initially built guitars and sold instrument and accessories imported from Germany. Unhappy with city life, in 1836, he moved to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where the company continues to manufacture guitars. In the United States, Martin encountered the Spanish-style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The resulting designs essentially defined the modern steel-string acoustic guitar.
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