Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

October 8, 2016 - April 30, 2017

In 1833, guitar maker Christian Frederick Martin crossed the ocean in search of freedom from restriction and the opportunities of a new land. Settling in Nazareth, PA, his arrival marked the beginning of what is now a 6-generation continuously family owned and operated company, C.F. Martin & Co., and a tradition of American guitar building.

One of Martin's greatest contributions to our musical landscape was its 1916 introduction of the Dreadnought style guitar. Named after the game changing British war ship, the HMS Dreadnought, this large-bodied, powerful acoustic guitar still thrives today. It is a primary tool of countless musicians, and a mainstay in the factories and shops of guitar builders around the globe.

Come visit this unique special exhibition and experience the Dreadnought for yourself. Discover its fascinating story, hear its iconic sound and ponder its far-reaching impact. Oh, and don't forget to take a seat on the couch try some out for yourself!

Playing a Dreadnought - An Artist Perspective

GRAMMY-Award winning guitarist, Laurence Juber, shares his personal experience playing a Dreadnought guitar.

Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.

Internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.