Thirty-five guitars make up this fantastic exhibition of early American guitars at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, with the exhibit focusing around Christian Frederick Martin, founder of the great American guitar firm C. F. Martin & Co. Martin, originally a cabinet maker, focused his talents on instrument making and came to the States in 1833, originally finding himself in New York and finally settled in Nazareth, PA where he made his home.
“In the United States, Martin encountered the Spanish-style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The result was a new form of the guitar, a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers of the instrument.”
On February 22, Roseanne Cash will be performing a concert at the Met using the guitars, as the Cash family has a long history with the brand (Johnny’s iconic black D-35 was made specifically for him). The show will consist of Cash and friends playing songs written and performed on Johnny’s own instruments. Tickets are sold out, but you can hold out hope by calling 212-570-3949 for more information, or scour Craigslist for any floaters.