Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. (German: Christian Friedrich Martin I. The German language (de ''Deutsch'') is a West Germanic language and one of the world's major languages. ; January 31, 1796 – February 16, 1873) was a luthier who specialized in guitars. Events 1504 - France cedes Naples to Aragon. 1606 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes Year 1796 ( MDCCXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year Events 1249 - Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols Year 1873 ( MDCCCLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles
Born in Markneukirchen, Germany to a family of cabinet makers, Martin became an apprentice of the guitar maker Johann Stauffer of Vienna, Austria. Markneukirchen is a town in the Vogtlandkreis district in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. Vienna ( in Wien; see also other names) is the Capital of Austria, and is also one of the nine States of Austria. Austria (Österreich ( officially the Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich 
As a result of a dispute between the Cabinet Makers Guild, of which Martin was a member, and the Violin Makers Guild, Martin moved to the United States in 1833. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the On arriving in New York City , he set up shop at 196 Hudson Street on the Lower West Side. The City of New York Martin’s first workshop housed a small production setup in the back room, and a retail music store up front. This shop was the forerunner of C. F. Martin & Company, which is still family-owned and operated, whose current CEO is CF Martin's great-great-great grandson, CF Martin IV as of 2007. The CF Martin & Company is a US Guitar manufacturer established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
At the insistence of his wife, Ottilie Lucia Kühler (daughter of well-known guitarmaker Karl Kühler of Vienna), Martin moved the guitar shop in 1838 to Nazareth, Pennsylvania where it is still located. Nazareth is a Borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. 
Martin's guitar construction and design innovations produced a model of flattop guitar that is still in use today.