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date: 14 November 2019

Martínez familylocked


Spanish family of guitar makers, active in Málaga. Joseph Martínez (flc1790–1829) was mentioned by Serafín Estébanez Calderón in his Escenas Andaluzas and by Fernando Sor in his Méthode pour la Guitare as being among the foremost guitar makers in Spain. He was examined for a master’s qualification in December 1808. His earliest known guitar, with bridge, ribs, and two-piece back of rosewood, cedar neck, and spruce soundtable with decorative arabesques of ebony and mother-of-pearl inlaid near the tail and the joint with the fingerboard, dates from about 1792 (Angel Luis Cañete collection, Málaga). He was probably the father of the guitar makers Joseph Martínez jr (flc1820–33) and Manuel Martínez (flc1810–30), the latter also mentioned by Sor. Together with the family of Antonio de Lorca García (1798–1870) and Fernando del Olmo (b 1806), the Martínezes helped establish Málaga as an important center for Spanish guitar making in the 19th century. (E. Rioja: ...

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