Starting on the 8th October, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music will present a special exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Martin Dreadnought guitar, the most iconic and influential American acoustic guitar ever to be created. ?The partnership between the Museum and Martin Guitar, which is credited with developing the dreadnought style in 1916 and for giving it the unique name, has made San Diego the only city in the USA where music fans can view this iconic 100-year anniversary exhibition and the variety of dreadnought models it features.
‘The Dreadnought exhibition reveals the rarely heard story of the origin and evolution of an iconic guitar, and the impact it had – and continues to have – in so many areas,’ said Carolyn Grant, Executive Director of the museum. ‘Visitors will be intrigued by the historical guitars on display, and dazzled by the chance to pick up and play a variety of stunning models in a comfortable setting. They will walk away with a deeper appreciation for the history, craftsmanship and cultural contribution the Martin Guitar company has made to music all over the world.’
Guitars on display in the Exhibition will include a limited edition “HMS Dreadnought” guitar with artwork by Robert Goetzl, a 1937 D-18 once owned by James Taylor, a 1902 Martin Parlor Guitar, a D-111 Ditson Dreadnought Guitar, precursor to the Martin model, a D-42, a D-35 Johnny Cash model and a unique ‘Napa Rose’ Commemorative D-35.