History Of Acoustic Electric Guitars
Acoustic Electric Guitar was made popular by Christian Friedrich Martin, a German emigrant, in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the first workshop and the store were established in the small town of Nazareth, exactly where the modern Acoustic Guitar company still operates.
The management successively passed CF Martin (who was director of the company from its foundation in 1833 to 1860) to his son, CF Martin Jr. (who held the position of director from 1860 until his death, in 1888, without greater importance), his son, Frank Henry Martin (who ran the company from 1888 to 1945, and had a key role in the development of the company, especially in the 1920s and 1930s) and the children of FH Martin, CF Martin III and Frank Herbert Martin (who jointly ran the company from 1945 to 1986, in its peak period). In 1986, CF “Chris” Martin IV took command of the company, and is still the director of it.
Origin and Development of the Acoustic Electric Guitar
In this talk we will try to trace the evolution of the Acoustic electric guitar both from the perspective of the engineers and the inventors who developed it, up to the great guitarists who have defined the way we perceive it. From the early 20’s to 30’s and even today there are no musical instrument that represented modern myths as clearly as the electric guitar.
It is the archetypal symbol of freedom, independence and youthful rebellion. Here I will talk about the technological advances that made it possible, and the social context in which the most influential guitarists came out. The way in which any guitarist confronts his instrument is the result of, essentially, two things; the physical limitations of the instrument and the social context in which they learn to play. This is true in any instrument from the violin to the piano but the guitar has a characteristic that no other instrument has: independence.