Check out this video of Jerry playing a vintage Martin Style 2-27 Parlor guitar that was built in 1859!
That’s right, this guitar is 157 years old! It looks brand new and it plays and sounds fantastic. Jerry ran it through a bunch of different styles: classical to blues to rock to tapping. Yes, he even dared to tap on this guitar and the guitar said, “Yeah, I can handle that!”
Just a bit about the guitar:
Very early Martin build – they began in 1833 and this style of guitar was only about 15 years old in 1859
Early example of X- bracing which radically changed how guitars were built
The back is Brazilian rosewood laminated over spruce
The neck has a clearly pronounced V shape
All binding and tuners are elephant ivory – because plastic was not invented until the 1930s (modern form)
Now a bit of what was going on in history around 1859:
Lincoln was not yet elected President (1860)
The American Civil War was still 5 years away (1861)
Telegraph was main form of communication
Recorded music did not exist – 1877 Edison
Only 33 states in the union
Stephen Foster was most popular pop song writer
Lightbulb not invented until 1879
Packaged toilet paper was invented in 1857
Thanks to Alex Kosak for recording the audio and video on his mobile studio.
Thanks to Deb Huke for setting up the guitar and asking me to play it.
Here is the first recording by Jerry Kosak and Blues Contraption. “Fallin’ Rain” is an original composition featuring slide guitar, bass, and cajon.