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date: 05 December 2019

Augustine, Albert, Ltdlocked

  • Allison A. Alcorn


American manufacturer of classical guitar strings. The company was founded in 1947 in the basement of Albert Augustine’s New York City home. Augustine (b Denmark, 1900; d New York, NY, 1967) emigrated to the USA in 1926 from his family home in Germany to pursue guitar making. While working as dishwasher in a Manhattan restaurant, he met his future wife, Rose Lipschitz (Lewis) (b New York, NY, 10 Feb 1910; d New York, NY, 21 April 2003), a chemistry student working as a waitress. They married in 1928, forming a partnership in which Rose was often the driving force, a master of networking that provided innumerable contacts and made their home a centre of activity for classical guitarists.

The Augustines’ string-making venture began during World War II, when silk and gut string material were scarce. Rose related that Albert found nylon fishing line in street trash and began experimenting with it for guitar strings. In ...

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