C. F. Martin & Company is a guitar manufacturer. The business was founded by Christian Frederick Martin, Senior. who was born in Markneukirchen, Germany, in 1796. He was the son of a guitar maker, and he learned the trade from his father. In 1833, Martin emigrated to the United States and opened a guitar-making shop in New York City.
Martin's early guitars were made in the traditional German style. However, he soon began to experiment with new designs, and he developed a number of innovations that would become standard features on Martin guitars. For example, Martin was the first to use steel strings on acoustic guitars, and he also developed a new bracing system that improved the sound of the guitar.
In 1839, Martin moved his shop to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. This was a strategic move, as Nazareth was located in the heart of the American guitar-making industry. more...
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