This book traces C.F. Martin’s evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that’s played around the world today. Telling the story of how a European instrument was transformed into the American flat-top guitar, Inventing the American Guitar describes the early history of the American guitar design in detail. It includes essays by prominent writers and spectacular color photographs. It also contains fold-out pages of schematic drawings for two early Martin guitars: the Austro-German style Martin Guitar and the Spanish style Martin Guitar, plus 45 two-page color profiles of important guitars.
Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries, edited by Robert Shaw and Peter Szego, www.halleonard.com.