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When was the acoustic guitar invented?


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June 15, 2010 7:58PM

It is not exactly known who created the first acoustic guitar, but historians have speculated that an Italian named Gaetano Vinaccia was the one who created the first acoustic guitar in the year 1779. Spain's Antonia Torres Jurado is credited as the creator of the first classical guitar.

For steel string acoustic guitar, credit can be given to Christian Fredrick Martin (founder of C.F. Martin guitar co). Born in Germany in 1796 he was a cabinet maker by trade. He trained under Johan Stauffer a famous guitar maker of that day.

C.F. Martin migrated to the United States and established C.F. Martin guitars here in 1833 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. They invented the X-bracing system and the steel string guitar in the early 1900's. To this day, C.F. Martin remains a private, family owned business (current CEO, C.F. Martin IV) and their steel string guitars are regarded by many to be the best manufactured guitars in the world