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The London Acoustic Guitar Show, Olympia Confernce Center


Concert appearances of Martin Signature Artists Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn.

Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th.

"The Evolution of the American Guitar"
featuring Martin's Director of Artist and Public Relations, Dick Boak. Martin presentations by Dick Boak (joined by John and Stefan) are at noon-1 PM both days John and Stefan performances at 3:00-4:00 pm on Saturday only.

Acoustic guitar aficionados are in for a treat during a presentation that will showcase one of America's favorite instruments and feature musical vignettes by legendary and influential guitarists Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn. The presentation will be given by Dick Boak, archivist for Martin Guitar. who will offer a graphical and interactive history of the 178-year-old guitar company, as well as showcase several important examples in the evolution of Martin acoustic guitars. The presentation will focus on the development of the modern acoustic guitar, Martin's historical contributions to the definitive acoustic guitar design, artist signature model collaborations, and on specific guitar shapes, sizes and tonewoods that lend themselves to particular musical genres.

Boak, long-time Martin Guitar employee and author of Martin Guitar Masterpieces and Martin Guitars: A History, is a woodworker, guitar designer and builder, draftsman, Martin's public relations liaison, graphic artist, author, and guitarist.

    The instruments that should be on hand for musical vignettes are:
  • Claire's guitar Size 5 Terz
  • 00-28VS Small sized 12-fret Martin Parlor guitar
  • OM-28V long scale Orchestra Model
  • 000-28EC Eric Clapton short scale 000
  • Ditson III 12-fret Dreadnought
  • HD-28V 14-fret Dreadnought
  • M-38 Grand Auditorium
  • HJ-38 Stefan Grossman
  • OMM John Renbourn
  • GPCPA-2 Performing Artist Series

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