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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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.
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!