Metropolitan Museum of Art to Display 35 Rare Martin Guitars in New Exhibit

Posted by Amber von Nagel

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Thirty-five rare guitars will go on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin exhibit beginning January 14. Drawn from the Museum’s own holdings as well as from the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and several private collections, the exhibit will explore the beginnings of the guitar in America and highlight the contributions of Christian Frederick Martin.

The exhibition will display the largest collection of instruments by Martin ever to be displayed publicly, including the earliest known guitar signed by Martin, the earliest established guitar with his X-bracing construction, and several extraordinary decorated examples of his work. Also on view will be a 1939 guitar made by C.F. Martin & Company that was played by Eric Clapton on MTV’s Unplugged series in 1992.

The exhibit will run from January 14–December 7, 2014. More information can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website here. The exhibit will also include a handful of exciting events, including a performance by Rosanne Cash in February. 

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