Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The Martin Ukulele

© Richard Johnston, 4/3/98

I researched this material for the Rodale Press book “Martin Guitars--An Illustrated Celebration of America’s Premier Guitarmaker.” Space restraints resulted in more than half of it being cut, so here is the more complete version.

Martin had first tried building ukuleles in 1907, but with little success. A few years later America had a severe case of Hawaiian music fever, prompting Martin to try once more at finding a way out of the economic rut that had plagued the company for decades. By the time Frank Henry made a second attempt at building ukes in 1915 the company probably had a chance to inspect a genuine Hawaiian instrument, such as those made by Manuel Nunes or Jonah...

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