If you are interested in learning about the history of the ukulele and C.F. Martin Company’s role in it, you might want to check out a new book from Hal Leonard Books. The Martin Ukulele details how the famous Nazareth, PA guitar company started producing ukulele’s back in 1907 though the 4-stringed instrument’s roller coaster ride of popularity in the 20’s and 50’s, the drop to almost obscurity in the 1990’s and now the current rejuvenation in the last several years.
Written by Tom Walsh who is co-founder and board member of the non-profit Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum, this book features many photos including some of the company’s rarest ukuleles and also provides a list of the model numbers of each style of ukulele ever made by the company. It’s a history book and a ukulele reference book all rolled into one 214 page color illustrated volume.
The Martin Ukulele by Tom Walsh is available now for $30.00 from book stores and online through Hal Leonard Books.