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C. F. Martin & Company

Christian Frederick Martin

Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. (German: Christian Friedrich Martin I.; January 31, 1796-- February 16, 1873) was a luthier who focused on guitars.

Born in Markneukirchen, Germany to a household of cabinet makers, Martin came to be an apprentice of the guitar producer Johann Georg Stauffer of Vienna, Austria. [ 1 ]

As an outcome of a conflict between the Closet Makers Guild, of which Martin was a participant, and the Violin Makers Guild, Martin moved to the Usa in 1833. On arriving in New York Urban area, he opened at 196 Hudson Road on the Lower West Side. Martin's very first workshop housed a little manufacturing arrangement in the back area, and a retail popular music conserve front. This store was the sign of C. F. Martin & Company, which is still family-owned and worked, whose present Chief Executive Officer is CF Martin's great-great-great grandson, CF Martin IV as of 2007.

At the persistence of his spouse, Ottilie Lucia Kühler (daughter of the Maschinentischler [ machine carpenter ] Karl Kühler of Vienna [ 2 ] ), Martin moved the guitar store in 1838 to Nazareth, Pennsylvania where it is still found. [ 3 ]

Martin's guitar construction and layout breakthroughs generated a style of flattop guitar that is still being used toda.[4]

[edit] References

  1. ^ C.F Martin & Company. "Our Story - Chapter 1: The C.F. Martin Story". http://www.mguitar.com/history/ourstory.php?chptr=1. Retrieved 2006-11-04.
  2. ^ Martin's 1825 marriage entry, Vienna.
  3. ^ Fieldtrip.com. "Special, Music, Industry, History -- Martin Guitar Company". http://www.fieldtrip.com/pa/07592837.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-04.
  4. ^ Invention.Smithsonian.org. "C.F. Martin, Sr.". http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/invention.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-10.



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