• Country Music Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2276

    Country Music Sale

    3 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 32

    MONTANA SLIM

    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY AND RANDY WOOD, A COMPOSITE GUITAR, STYLE 000-45, 1935 AND 1970

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    MONTANA SLIM
    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY AND RANDY WOOD, A COMPOSITE GUITAR, STYLE 000-45, 1935 AND 1970
    The headstock bearing the logo C.F. Martin & Co. EST. 1833, stamped internally C.F. MARTIN & CO NAZARETH, PA., the neck block stamped 000-45 60806, length of back: 19 15/16 in. (50.6 cm) with case (3)


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    The Style 45 guitars made by the C.F. Martin Company were the most elaborate in regards to the pearl inlay work they employed. With their sparkle and flash it is no small wonder that they attracted the successful cowboy singers of the day. Gene Audrey as well as Roy Rogers both performed on style 45 Martins.

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    Born in Nova Scotia, Canada Wilf Carter was a singer, songwriter, guitarist and yodeler who's popularity rivaled that of fellow Canadian, Hank Snow. At the age of fifteen Carter left home and traveled to Alberta where he worked as a cowboy and rodeo performer. In the early 1930s he also found work playing guitar and singing on Calgary, Alberta's CFCN station. It was at this same time his recording career began with RCA Victor. Not long after, while performing in New York on CBS Radio, Carter assumed the name Montanan Slim for his U.S. performances. Inspired by the vocalings of Jimmie Rodgers, Carter became one of the most successful yodelers in cowboy history and created his own technique called "the three-in-one-yodel." He wrote more than 500 songs and had one of the longest careers in country music.