Chronicles the career of the first C.F. Martin from his start as apprentice to (and eventually foreman for) Johann Stauffer and his emigration to New York, through his move to Pennsylvania and the founding of C.F. Martin & Company. Using records dating back to the 1830s -- letters, account books, inventories, and other documents -- Gura establishes how a German immigrant became the finest American guitar maker of his time and created a uniquely American business that successfully eclipsed its competition. A handsome and entertaining history of the 19th century American music trade told through C.F. Martin's innovation and vision. 97 color and 88 b&w illustrations. Softcover. 250 pp.