Where in Tribeca?

Where in Tribeca is this ode to American guitar and music history? The answer is very rewarding!



  1. 200 Hudson Street. A bronze plaque marks the site of the original Martin guitar company. It started as a 3 story wooden building at 196 Hudson in 1833.


    • Yay Michael! Will add this detail from the dedication in a post next week, plus some cool vid of David Crosby playing a Martin Dreadnought.

  2. The plaque commemorating C.F. Martin Guitars is the first in a series of markers created by the non profit TriBeCa Native, an initiative called ‘TriBeCa Trail’. The plaque program celebrates not just architecture, but the pioneers who helped innovate and lay the foundation for what TriBeCa continues to be today, a hub of creative talent whose inspiration goes well beyond Manhattan Island.

    C.F. Martin & Co. produces legendary instruments that stretch back to the company’s beginnings in 1833 on Hudson Street between Desbrosses and Vestry Streets. Family owned and operated since the first guitar came off Christian Frederick Martin’s first workbench. Six generations of the Martin family have steered the company through innumerable changes in the world and in music.

    Founder C. F. Martin Sr. invented X-bracing in the mid-19th century to strengthen a guitar’s body and generate richer tone—a technique still widely used. His experiments with design created the shape and sound of the American flat-top acoustic guitar you know today. Some decades later, Frank Henry Martin produced the Dreadnought, arguably the most important, most influential guitar body ever built. C. F. Martin IV broke new ground with the X Series and the revolutionary SC-13E.

    Today their factory is in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. A worthwhile adventure to see luthier’s, create beautiful work, the smell of craftsmanship. Hear the highest quality of standards implemented, their vision to take the long view, and aid in protecting the environment. The hope is that if you stand at Hudson, just near Vestry Street … you can feel the resonance of chords… across time… and be inspired