18 June 2016

The Martin dreadnought, aged 100

Thanks to Richard Thompson for a splendid feature in Bluegrass Today on the centenary of the Martin dreadnought guitar, the instrument that (among many other things) set the standard for guitars in bluegrass music. The article includes an interview with George Gruhn, who gives a detailed account of the physical and musical evolution of the dreadnought over the years. A 37-minute documentary film, 'The ballad of the Dreadnought' (which includes footage of Del McCoury talking about Bill Monroe's guitar), can be seen here.

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