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Chapter 10.4 – Madam De Goni (1815 -1892)

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Madam De Goni (1813-1892) For C. F. Martin Sr., Madam De Goni was one of the most important celebrities to play Martin guitars in the early years of the company. Her influence on Martin was profound and lasting. Martin even created a De Goni model in the 1840’s that survived, as the 1-26 model, until […]

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Chapter 10.16– Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933)

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Another musical celebrity that Martin corresponded with was Jimmie Rodgers, the famous country singer who was also popularly known as “The Singing Brakeman” or “The Blue Yodeler”. James Charles “Jimmie” Rodgers  was born on September 8, 1897  at either Pine Springs, Mississippi or Geiger, Alabama, there still being some question as to which is correct. […]

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Chapter 10.17 – Luis Romero (1854-1893)

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Today little is known of Luis Romero but during his lifetime he was considered to be in the first rank of late 19th century American guitar virtuosos. The Martin Guitar Co. Archive contains a remarkably large number of letters related to the last few years of Romero’s life, when he was at the pinnacle of […]

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Chapter 10.13 – Lloyd Loar (1886-1943)

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Lloyd Alayre Loar (January 9, 1886 – September 14, 1943) was a musician, inventor, lecturer, professor of acoustics and “musical authority and composer”1.  He is best known to instrument collectors for his association with the Gibson Guitar Co. Loar was a well-regarded performer on the mandolin, viola and musical saw. He toured the United States […]

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1840-1841 Martin Guitar

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Here is an example of a very early Martin & Coupa guitar that displays design features associated with the instruments from the first part of the 1840’s. (Strictly speaking, it is not a Martin & Coupa guitar, as it lacks the M & C label, but I will use the terminology regardless as it is […]

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1861-1864 Martin 2½-40 Guitar

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The instrument in this entry is a very rare Martin 2½-40 guitar made before C. F. Martin & C0. was formed in August 1867. As such it has a “C. F. Martin” stamp on the back strip instead of the “C. F. Martin & Co.” seen on guitars from late 1867. Only four Martin 2½-40 […]

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Chapter 10.5 – Salustiano De La Cova (1816 to 1862?)

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In the 1850’s Martin sold a number of guitars to a certain Salustiano De La Cova of Panama (see Table 114). De La Cova operated his own commission merchant company in Panama, which was involved in transporting mail and freight between New York and California, and was also the Panama agent for the Adams’ Express […]