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Nazareth in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Christian Frederick Martin

(1786–1867)

 
 
Christian Frederick Martin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, April 3, 2010
1. Christian Frederick Martin Marker
Inscription. Founder in 1833 of C.F. Martin & Co. (The Martin Guitar Company), one of the world's oldest musical instrument manufacturers. Its innovations in acoustic guitar design-- including the x-braced flat-top guitar and Dreadnought guitar-- were to exert a formative influence on the industry. German -born C.F. Martin moved the firm from New York City to this area in 1838. He built a small shop here in 1859. It expanded many times and was long the company's factory.
 
Erected 2000 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 44.76′ N, 75° 18.749′ W. Marker is in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on West North Street 0 miles west of North Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 West North Street, Nazareth PA 18064, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whitefield House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nazareth (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Whitefield House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Portland Cement (approx. 1.5 miles away); Moses Tunda Tatamy
Wide view of the Christian Frederick Martin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, April 3, 2010
2. Wide view of the Christian Frederick Martin Marker
The restored original Martin factory (1859) and old Martin Homestead are behind the marker
(approx. 2.8 miles away); Henry's Gun Factory (approx. 3 miles away); George Wolf (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sullivan Campaign (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nazareth.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Martin Guitar: Our Story. “The early Martin guitars were totally hand-crafted products, made on a one-by-one basis, and there was little standardization. However, there were a few features that commonly incorporated in most of C. F. Martinís instruments. Until the mid-1840s, Martin guitars were characterized by a headstock that had all the tuning keys on one side. Martin acquired this design from his teacher in Vienna, Johann Stauffer. The headstock design with all the tuning keys on one side was discontinued by Martin and went unused until Leo Fender resurrected the design in 1948 with his Telecaster guitar.” (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. C. F. Martin & Company - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 11, 2012.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceNotable Persons
 
Christian Frederick Martin Home image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, March 6, 2012
3. Christian Frederick Martin Home
His original home in Nazareth, it adjoins the factory building. The address is 201 N. Main Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 858 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 7, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   3. submitted on March 7, 2012, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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