A network for historic guitars and vihuelas
I only joined recently as I was looking for more information I found pictured in one of the discussions.
It just occurred to me this is the perfect place to ask questions on some guitar minutia that have been bothering me.
I should explain I am doing research (as one of a small group) on Martin guitars from 1834 to 1867. Hopefully, you don`t mind such modern guitars on your site.
Anway, I have run across a few types of Martin guitars where I can find no information:
1) Amadill guitar (don`t know if this is a person, a type of wood or a type of guitar shape)
2) Fifth guitar
3) Lyra guitar (not sure if Martin didn`t mean lyre guitar)
4) Octav guitar
I also have some questions on the types of wood Martin used on his early guitars but I will start a separate discussion for this.
Hello Greig, posts about gut strung guitars from before 1850 are welcome.
Can you give us a bit more info on where you heard the term 'Amadill' as related to Martin guitars?
Lyra guitar and lyre guitar are the same thing as far as I know.
I googled this on the “amadill” guitar:
A fifth guitar would most likely be a guitar tuned a fifth up from normal.
Same with an octave guitar.
A bit more context would be helpful to those that would assist.