More than 20 years had passed since the time Axel was financially forced to sell his beloved Martin D28s Guitar. But one day...
Axel Girnus has been playing the guitar for a very long time. At an early age the guitar fit into his hands and life in a comforting and creative manner. Playing gigs, teaching lessons, working in music shops, and even making some life changing decisions when his country called upon his services.
Listen in to his story below, hear him play a few licks, and find out what happened to his wonderful Martin D28s. Entertaining, fascinating, and such a great person.
Virtual Saguaro :)
Martin Guitar History Fact:
"With the tremendous interest in acoustic guitars in the early 1970s (which coincided exactly with the new "soft-rock" era of James Taylor, Loggins & Messina, and Seals & Crofts), the Martin company increased production to an unprecedented rate. As a comparison, in 1961 the company made 507 D-28s; in 1971 the total was 5,466. The company offered five different Dreadnoughts (as well as numerous smaller-sized guitars) to a market that seemed to grow every month."
You might be saying to yourself, "What is a Dreadnought?"
It is both a description of a guitar that has square shoulders and bottom made popular by the Martin Company AND the British Battleship of 1906, the HMS Dreadnought. Martin Dreadnought guitars are also known as "D-size" guitars, or, colloquially among musicians, as "dreads." Martin Dreadnought guitars have model numbers consisting of "D-" followed by a number, such as "D-18" and "D-45".
Click here to go to a Wikipedia article for more information on this innovative and widely copied guitar design.
Axel and his other 2 colleagues are available to assist with any musical product or information on practically any musical subject. Norfried (owner) and Christian make up the dynamic and talented personnel working at MusikBaum. German (of course), English and who knows how many other languages they know. Drop by and tell them you heard the podcast!
Great Video describing MusikBaum's Shop in Bad Godesburg, Germany
Just a few pictures of their shop. Many rooms of equipment and supplies!
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