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C.F. MARTIN & HIS GUITARS 1796-1873 Philip F. Gura LIBRO CHITARRE ACUSTICHE Centerstream

C.F. MARTIN & HIS GUITARS 1796-1873

LIBRO ILLUSTRATO CHITARRE ACUSTICHE MARTIN

Series: Reference
Publisher: Centerstream Publications
Format: Softcover
Author: Philip F. Gura

The Martin is considered the finest acoustic guitar in the world, a distinction it has held for more that 160 years. Martin guitars have been played by performers Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, and Johnny Cash, as well as hundreds of thousands of other professional and amateur musicians. In C.F. Martin and His Guitars, 1796-1873, Philip Gura chronicles the career of Christian Frederick Martin from his humble start as an importer and repairman of musical instruments in New York City in the 1830s through his move to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and the founding of C.F. Martin & Company. Gura is the first historian to thoroughly study the Martin company records dating back to the 1830s: Letters, account books, inventories, and other documents. Using this rich archive, Gura establishes how a German immigrant from Saxony's guild tradition became the finest American guitar maker of his time and created a uniquely American business that successfully eclipsed its competition.

As Gura shows, Martin's success was based on his successful navigation of the rapid economic expansion and industrialization of his time. The many sketches and hundreds of photographs illustrate how Martin adapted his artisanal craft to modern industrial methods, maintaining quality while meeting increased demand for instruments. Gura traces the network of suppliers who provided Martin with his raw materials and explores the advertising and other methods Martin employed to build a market for his goods. After Martin's death in 1873, the company continued to grow. It thrives today under the leadership of a sixth-generation Martin, producing instruments that are still the most sought after and collectable in the world. Includes an 80-page color section!

252 pages

Endorsements
“Philip Gura's research about the life and times of my great-great-great-grandfather Christian Frederick Martin Sr. provides an incredibly valuable addition to the understanding of our company and family archives. No one before has taken the time to unravel his amazing story with such fastidious detail. Cheers to Mr. Gura for his valiant efforts.” – C.F. Martin IV Chairman and CEO, C. F. Martin & Co.
“Until now C.F. Martin has been a legendary figure about whom we knew little. Philip Gura's book gives all who love Martin guitars what they never have had, a detailed portrait of the founder of the world's most famous guitar company. C.F. Martin and His Guitars is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the guitar and its history.” – Stephen Stills
C.F. Martin and His Guitars is a fascinating and high resolution snapshot of C.F. Martin the man and C.F. Martin the company. In a much greater sense, the book capturers the flavor and essence of American life in the mid-1800's – a time of tremendous integrity and change. For Martin guitar aficionados as well as students of American culture, this book is a vital link. – Dick Boak, Artist Relations and Limited Editions, C.F. Martin & Co.

Price: €99,99
€99,99

MARTIN GUITAR MASTERPIECES A Showcase of Artists' Editions Limited Custom Guitars Dick Boak

MARTIN GUITAR MASTERPIECES, A Showcase of Artists' Editions, Limited Editions and Custom Guitars. Dick Boak

 

Series: Book
Publisher: Bullfinch Press
Format: Softcover
Author: Dick Boak

Martin guitars are internationally revered, collected and played by performers, singers, songwriters and by legions of avid collectors and enthusiasts. This book features more than a hundred of Martin's most desirable guitars, including instruments belonging to Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Sting and Eric Clapton. Dick Boak enthusiastically outlines his experiences as liaison in these collaborations. We also get a sneak preview of Martin's millionth instrument, due in 2004.

Dick Boak is the head of artist relations and publicity at C.F. Martin & Co., collaborating with artists in the design of their Limited Edition and Signature Models. A prolific artist, luthier and musician in his own right, he is a founder of the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans, and has organized numerous national instrument-making symposiums.

Price: €79,99
€79,99

MARTIN BOOK. CARTER.

MARTIN BOOK. Author: Walter Carter.
The Martin Book chronicles the history of an instrument that mirrors the development of the acoustic guitar and acoustic music in America. This photographic 150-year journey pulls together the strands of the past to create a fascinating and entertaining testimony to the unparalleled quality and craftmanship of the Martin acoustic guitar. It features color photos of 75 classic and modern Martin guitars, a detailed reference section for collectors and enthusiasts, and much more. 7-1/2" x 9-3/4". 106 pages.

Price: €22,00
€22,00

MARTIN GUITAR BOOK 2.

MARTIN GUITAR BOOK 2.

Price: €89,00
€89,00

MARTIN GUITARS, ILLUSTRATED CELEBRATION.

MARTIN GUITARS, ILLUSTRATED CELEBRATION.

Price: €41,00
€41,00

MARTIN GUITARS: A TECHNICAL REFERENCE Dick Boak Mike Longworth Richard Johnston Hal Leonard

MARTIN GUITARS: A TECHNICAL REFERENCE

Series: Book
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Medium: Hardcover

Author: Dick Boak
Author: Mike Longworth
Author: Richard Johnston

Part of a two book set, this book provides information on guitar bodies, necks, headstocks, bridges, woods, as well as other chapters covering Models by Style, the Custom Shop and limited editions. All the lesser known instruments like archtops, electrics, mandolins and ukuleles are included as well, all very collectible. The book ends with exhaustive appendices covering production numbers, retail prices, and instrument specifications.

Since Martin guitars are the world's most collectible acoustic guitar line, this book will undoubtedly be the most sought after reference book by any collector or owner of a Martin. If you own a Martin, you own a piece of history and this book will help you discover when it was made and how. This authorized book will finally answer any questions on the stories behind some of the rarest instruments. 304 pages

Price: €199,99
€199,99

MARTIN GUITARS: A HISTORY Dick Boak-Mike Longworth-Richard Johnston LIBRO CHITARRA ACUSTICA

MARTIN GUITARS: A HISTORY

Series: Book
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Medium: Hardcover
Author: Dick Boak
Author: Mike Longworth
Author: Richard Johnston

A Martin acoustic guitar is the beloved instrument of millions of fans and famous players worldwide. Starting with the early days in New York circa 1833, this fabled story comes to life in the long-awaited revision of the seminal Martin History book. Originally published in 1975, this new edition is completely updated and re-designed by well-known industry experts.

Part of a two-book set, The History: Book 1 covers the people, the places, and the stories of an American icon. Richly illustrated, this book covers the story right up to the fifth-generation president Chris Martin IV. Because the original and revision authors had complete access to authorized archives, this version is the most accurate and detailed reference on the topic. Leading up to the re-vitalization of the 1990s and the remarkable sustenance of its legacy, hundreds of photographs and documents effectively show the people and the guitars that made the company famous. 240 pages

Price: €69,99
€69,99

MARTIN BOOK THE A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MARTIN GUITARS Walter Carter LIBRO CHITARRA

 

 

THE MARTIN BOOK. 160 pagine. Walter Carter

 

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MARTIN GUITARS,

UPDATED EDITION WITH NEW PICTURES AND REVISED TEXT

MARTIN & CO. ET 1833

 

Series: Book

Publisher: Backbeat Books

Medium: Softcover

Author: Walter Carter

The Martin Book

 

For over 170 years the C.F. Martin company has produced some of the finest flat-top acoustic guitars in the world. Martin's designs for the shape and construction of these instruments have influenced virtually every other manufacturer, and the flat-top guitar as we know it today is essentially the same as that established by Martin in the 1850s. At one time or another Martin's guitars have driven the sound of every kind of popular music, from country to pop, from bluegrass to rock 'n' roll, and with the current resurgence of acoustic music, Martin's premier guitars are once more finding a new generation of enthusiastic musicians. The Martin Book is a fresh view of this extraordinary guitar maker, pulling together many strands of musical and manufacturing lore into a fascinating whole that illuminates Martin's long and varied history. Dozens of specially commissioned full-color photographs show every kind of Martin model, some of which come from Martin's own unique collection. Meticulous listings for collectors and enthusiasts simplify the identification of Martin instruments and detail virtually every guitar that the company has produced since the early 1830s.

 

Inventory #HL 00331417

ISBN: 9780879308872

UPC: 884088064082

Publisher Code: 0879308877

Width: 8.5"

Length: 11.0"

160 pages

 

For over 170 years the C.F. Martin company has produced some of the finest flat-top acoustic guitars in the world. Martin's designs for the shape and construction of these instruments have influenced virtually every other manufacturer, and the flat-top guitar as we know it today is essentially the same as that established by Martin in the 1850s. At one time or another Martin's guitars have driven the sound of every kind of popular music, from country to pop, from bluegrass to rock 'n' roll, and with the current resurgence of acoustic music, Martin's premier guitars are once more finding a new generation of enthusiastic musicians. The Martin Book is a fresh view of this extraordinary guitar maker, pulling together many strands of musical and manufacturing lore into a fascinating whole that illuminates Martin's long and varied history. Dozens of specially commissioned full-color photographs show every kind of Martin model, some of which come from Martin's own unique collection. Meticulous listings for collectors and enthusiasts simplify the identification of Martin instruments and detail virtually every guitar that the company has produced since the early 1830s. 160 pages

 

Martin is the oldest and most respected name among American instrument makers - not just guitar makers but makers of all instruments. The guitar world, Martin had been established for over 50 years when Orville Gibson started carving the tops and backs of mandolins in the 1890s, over 100 years when Leo Fender started putting pickups on solid guitar bodies in the 1940s. Martin carried on steadily as such important names as Washburn, Epiphone, Gretsch, National, Vega, Kay, and Harmony arose, flourished, and perished. Unlike most of the great names in the guitar world, Martin never became a big company. From a one-man shop, it grew into a small-town factory; even at its all-time height of production in the 1960s, Martin turned out less than 20 percent of the guitars that Gibson was producing at the time. Martin's quality fell off with the increased production of the late 1960s and 1970s, but the company learned its lesson well in the lean years of the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the 1990s, with respect and demand for Martins once again exceeding production capabilities, the company planned only a small, cautious expansion, refusing to sacrifice quality for quantity. At the summer 1993 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show, dealers were told that Martin was back-ordered for one year. They still ordered Martins - a testament to the quality signified by the Martin name. Martin's longevity is not hard to explain. CF. Martin, who founded the company in 1833, transformed the European guitar into a new, uniquely American instrument. The flat-top guitar we know today is larger, and it has steel rather than gut strings, but otherwise it is not much different from the instruments Martin was making by 1850. All the company had to do was to keep on making guitars the same way that CF. did. Martin was enticed at times into unfamiliar markets by the surging popularity of mandolins, banjos, and electric guitars - but flat-top guitars remain the backbone of the company's fortunes. Unlike Gibson's mandolins and acoustic archtop guitars, unlike Fender's electric solidbody guitars, Martin's guitars did not effect any revolutionary changes in popular music. CF. Martin's X-braced flat-tops of 1850 were well accepted but they did not start everyone playing guitar (everyone was playing banjo at that time). Martin instruments played an important role in the guitar'S rise to prominence in the 1930s, but the innovations that sparked the movement should for the most part be credited to other makers. Martin guitars certainly epitomized the folk boom of the 1960s, but the guitars themselves had been developed decades earl ier. Rather than leading any musical movements, Martin guitars have provided a foundation for popular music - a consistent, solid base that has always been there, regardless of what style of music was the current rage. Consistency goes a long way in explaining Martin's success, but there is more. You don't have to walk into the factory to see that Martin is a different kind of company. From the outside it looks more like an elementary school from the 1960s than an industrial facility - an image underscored by its location in a residential area. Perhaps the key is a sense of humanness that comes from family. In 1833 the company was founded by a man named CF. Martin; in the twenty-first century the chairman is still a man named CF. Martin. In the context of family ownership, there is today no company quite like Martin. Neither Orville Gibson nor Leo ...

 

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