mentioned, martin guitars have been in existence for
decades. In fact, well over a century and a half.
We think you’ll agree, had their products been
inferior, they would not have been able to survive
over such a period of time. Their story originally
began in Markneudirchen, Germany by C.F. Martin Sr.
on January 31st, 1796. He was already
born into a family of guitar makers and at the early
age of 15, left home to apprentice with Johann
Stauffer, a renowned guitar maker of the time.
were instrumental in the innovation of the 14-fret
guitar. Up until then guitars were generally
equipped with 12 frets. This innovation was so well
received that Martin extended this feature to all of
their models. From there it became the standard
design for the American guitar industry.
The model that has become a trademark for Martin
guitars is the Dreadnought guitar. Frank Martin and
Harry Hunt originally designed it. It was reasoned
by Mr. Hunt that the large body and booming bass,
would be ideal for accompanying vocals. The first
dreadnoughts, introduced in 1916, were sold under
the brand name of “Oliver Ditson And Co., Boston,
New York.” With the disappearance of this company
in 1931, Martin guitars incorporated the Dreadnought
into its line. Today the model is a dominant factor
in the Martin line and virtually every other
manufacturer has introduced versions of their own.
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