"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" Played on the Oldest Martin Guitar

As reported by the gang over at Guitar Player, a Martin guitar from the 1870s was smashed to bits by Kurt Russell on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 Western, The Hateful Eight.

Well, here's a Martin that's considerably older than that.

It was built in 1834, making it the oldest Martin in existence. That's only one year after cabinet maker C.F. Martin moved to New York City from Germany. Martin immediately began making guitars, a lot like the small Stauffer-style instrument in the video below.

In the clip, guitarist Stevie Coyle plays the Beatles' “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and an original tune called “Saltflat Rhapsody.”

Maybe the 1834 Martin is weeping for its 1870s cousin. Maybe not. Regardless, check out the video below; note how the ancient guitar sounds a bit like a much older lute.

P.S.: Please keep Kurt Russell away from this guitar!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.