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.