C. F. Martin, Terz, Guitar, c.1840

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The Terz guitar model is designed to be tuned a minor third higher than standard guitar tuning, giving guitarists a tenor voice option for an ensemble.

While Terz guitars were part of Austro-German tradition, the body proportions of this guitar show the beginnings of C.F. Martin’s new approach to design, utilizing Spanish guitar building ideas. The top is reinforced with three fan braces, a departure from the engineering of Viennese guitars. The back has a traditional birdseye veneer, but it is laid over walnut, a wood that was more easily sourced in America than in Europe. The original shape of the headstock of this guitar was altered to the dome shape you see here. Notice the short ebony pin bridge, lacking now the mustache extensions of earlier Austro-German style bridges. Measurements: Total length 813 mm, Length of back 389 mm, Scale 562 mm. In a period coffin case.

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Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 48 × 20 × 10 in
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