Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and his Contemporaries
December 4, 2013
GUESTS: PETER SZEGO & DICK BOAK
Internationally recognized Martin Guitars have been hand-made in the same Nazareth, Pa. plant for over 160 years. Theyâ€™ve been in the hands of Gene Autry, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton and Eddie Vedder â€“ one often hears the sound without knowing its source. The company has been continuously owned and operated by the same family for six generations. The string instruments are also art â€“ a Martin Guitar exhibit is going up next year at New Yorkâ€™s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Weâ€™ll talk about the early history and legacy of the American guitar of Christian Friedrich Martin, who founded the company in 1833, with PETER SZEGO, co-editor of the new book, â€śInventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and his Contemporaries,â€ť and DICK BOAK, a long-time luthier and designer with the legendary company.