The roots of the American flattop guitar. The Spanish-style Martin, c.1842-1843 is a step beyond the Austro-German design, and a significant foreshadowing of Martin guitars to come.
Don MacRostie prepared this highly detailed full-scale builders' plan to accompany the publication of Inventing The American Guitar, the definitive study of the earliest Martin instruments. Editor Peter Szego generously granted us access to take careful measurements directly from the original instrument in his collection. Valuable assistance for accurate construction details was provided by luthier David LaPlante and Martin's resident historian Dick Boak.