Albert Augustine was a Danish immigrant guitar enthusiast, and burgeoning luthier. He
was also a founding member of The New York Society for the Classic Guitar, the first
organization to present serious classical guitar concerts in New York City, and the
publisher of a prestigious journal called Guitar Review.
In the 1940s, it was more difficult than ever to source quality strings, which at the time were made of animal gut(sheep, mostly). Beyond the inconsistency of strings composed of organic materials, their usage as field sutures
during the war effort made them extremely scarce. Particularly confounded by this lack of good strings was Andrés Segovia, the Spanish virtuoso whose efforts to elevate the guitar from the parlor to the concert stage had made him
an international sensation.
Albert passing in 1967, tthen his whife Rose took the reins of Augustine Strings. Advocating on behalf of her husband’s legacy and all the while nurturing the musical careers of many of the most influential guitarists of the second half
of the 20th century.
Albert and Rose were proud of their business, but it was their pride in the worldwide
guitar community that inspired them to push forward for all guitarists – the fundamental
concept by which Augustine Strings continues to operate today.