Mudcat Café message #591804 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #41009   Message #591804
Posted By: Rick Fielding
13-Nov-01 - 03:31 PM
Thread Name: Fender Acoustic Guitars
Subject: RE: Fender Acoustic Guitars
Not too many Bob. Orville Gibson was more interested in "carved arched" tops, right from the git-go. They've always used different bracing on their flat top instruments as well.

Many of the early builders did indeed look to Martin for innovations though. By the sixties though, Martin started falling behind in a number of areas, that other makers (notably Guild and Yamaha) capitalized on. Things like adjustable necks, 12 stringers, and certain marketing strategies. They're back to making really consistent instruments now, including their "low priced" line.