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Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries (Anglais) Relié – 18 novembre 2013


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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 modelled 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 recognised and played around the world today.

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Par Susan J Sheets - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Fantastic... interesting, informative and well written as well as beautifully illustrated! The history of this instrument-producing family is fascinating. Along with the beautiful photos and drawings, it is perfect book for a guitar lovers to read and savor. Would make a wonderful gift.
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HASH(0x9d471cb4) étoiles sur 5 C.F. Martin Guitar Eye-candy photos beautifully laid out and not too complicated reading historical essays 30 novembre 2013
Par Robert McGeary - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Beautiful, maybe the finest, photos of incredible guitars are handsomely presented in this book. The photos of early C.F.Martin guitars, alone, was well worth the book-price of "admission" in my view.

The book offers "not-too technical" reading about how Mr. Martin evolved from 18th & 19th century European and Spanish guitar-building influences to lead us through his experiments to craft and perfect "America's Guitar", the Dreadnaught; as he escaped the European Cast system (via the Atlantic Ocean, like millions of others) and wholly immerse (commercially & personally) into the new nation's booming cultural melting-pot of NYC to found (in 1833) his namesake company (now 180 years of age and going strong), anchoring ultimately in beautiful 19th century Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Yes, I enjoyed the book cover to cover, but I am Martin Guitar-biased. The contributing writers were not attempting to write the full history of the C.F.Martin Guitar Company and they did give due-credit to predecessor Historians for their excellent earlier works. The contributing writers wrote to shed light on the un-seen physics and engineering within the early guitars and they let the readers find the suprise, spicy tidbits of peoples' lives along the way too.

No regrets with this book; except, as with all good books, the come to an end.
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HASH(0x9d3152d0) étoiles sur 5 I enjoyed seeing the little drawings of brace patterns that Martin ... 14 février 2015
Par john calkin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book tracks C. F. Martin's guitar building, based on a number of guitars that were assembled into a temporary collection and examined by a team of learned Martin experts. Its far more interesting than I expected it to be. As a guitar maker, I enjoyed seeing the little drawings of brace patterns that Martin tried and abandoned before he settled on the X brace pattern as we know it today. Martin learned to build in the Germanic style using ladder bracing, then switched to the Spanish style using fan bracing, then tried a variety of patterns that led to X bracing. In fact, the company continued to use fan bracing on their smallest guitars long after the X brace was standardized for larger instruments. C. F. managed to keep his company together through at least two depressions and the Civil War. (This deeply interested me, even though the authors' didn't dwell on it for long. The Feds made no attempt to alleviate monetary hard times as they saw it as none of their business, yet depressions still came to a natural end. The Feds participation in the Great Depression and the recession of 2008 cost our country a lot of money yet didn't speed up recovery much, if at all. The Feds hesitate to regulate the causes of depressions, but can't do much once they set in. Something is wrong here.) It happened that I also read DeVoto's "Year of Decision, 1847" at this time, which set up the National back drop for Martin's life in great detail. I also read Philip Gura's "C. F. Martin & His Guitars, 1796-1873" (both excellent reads), which is more biography oriented. In fact, the authors of "Inventing" consider their book to be part 2 of Gura's story, so they work very well together. "Inventing the American Guitar" is a big, beautiful book that every vintage acoustic guitar junkie should read.
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HASH(0x9d488f00) étoiles sur 5 Peter Szego has done a masterful job of research on the American Guitar! 14 mars 2014
Par sandyjo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum is totally fantastic. I recommend a visit (even if you don't play the guitar, or like me are marginally talented in the music arena!).

I assume these instruments sound wonderful, but I really loved that they were so beautiful to just look at and enjoy the craftsmanship with the inlaid designs and choice of special woods.

I recommend this book to anyone who plays the guitar, is interested in music and American history, and just loves music!
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HASH(0x9f490c38) étoiles sur 5 Perfect gift for any guitar aficionado! 3 décembre 2013
Par SammaLamma - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Got this as a gift for a Martin brand guitar lover, and he really flipped over it. He is not normally a particularly effusive person, but he must have thanked me ten times! It's a large, beautiful, and well-researched book with gorgeous illustrations. This would be a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for any guitar aficionado, or anyone interested in the history of musical instruments.
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