10 October 2008
C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY
A WOOD TEST PROTOTYPE GUITAR, NAZARETH, PA., 2007
The headstock bearing the logo C.F. Martin & Co. EST. 1833, stamped internally C.F. MARTIN & CO. NAZARETH, PA. MADE IN U.S.A., length of back 20 1/16 in (510 mm) with case (2)
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The 19th century Spanish master Antonio De Torres believed the quality of a guitar was not determined by the materials used but rather the hands that crafted it. It is said he proved his theory when he constructed a concert quality instrument of paper-mache. The craftsmen at C.F. Martin decided to test their skills by taking a trip to the local Lowes lumber yard. Made of construction grade Douglas fir this dreadnought is a whimsical approach to what can be achieved in the hands of master craftsmen.
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