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Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries, James Westbrook; Arian Sheets; Richard Johnston; David Gansz; David LaPlante

Author Name    James Westbrook; Arian Sheets; Richard Johnston; David Gansz; David LaPlante

Title   Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Hal Leonard

ISBN Number    1458405761 / 9781458405760

Seller ID   SKU1041484

1458405761 Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Contains academic or public library markings. Slight ripple to pages. Book is oversized and/or heavy, priority or international orders will require additional shipping funds. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.

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(Guitar Reference). Inventing the American Guitar is the first book to describe the early history of American guitar design in detail. It tells the story of how a European instrument was transformed into one with all of the design and construction features that define the iconic American flat-top guitar. This transformation happened within a mere 20 years, a remarkably brief period. The person who dominates this history is C. F. Martin Sr., America's first major guitar maker and the founder of the Martin Guitar Company, which continues to produce outstanding flat-top guitars today. After emigrating from his native Saxony to New York in 1833, Martin quickly established a guitar making business, producing instruments modeled after those of his mentor, Johann Stauffer of Vienna. By the time he moved his family and business to rural Pennsylvania in 1839, Martin had absorbed and integrated the influence of Spanish guitars he had seen and heard in New York. In Pennsylvania, he evolved further, inventing a uniquely American guitar that was fully developed before the outbreak of the Civil War. Inventing the American Guitar traces Martin's evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that is recognized and played around the world today.

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