The year, 1927.

The place, America.

Calvin Coolidge is President.
Alcohol (under "prohibition") is illegal.
Moonshine stills and 'speakeasies' are prevalent.
Gangster Al Capone is terrorizing Chicago.
Henry Ford introduces the Model "A" automobile.
Charles Lindbergh flies the Atlantic Ocean solo
and becomes a national hero.
Al Jolson stars in The Jazz Singer, the first talking film.
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is alive and well.
The radio (following the first commercial broadcast in 1922)
is wildly popular in most homes, aided by the "electricity revolution",
which wires most houses and makes batteries unnecessary.

Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Blind Blake, and Blind Lemon Jefferson
are enjoying the successes of their first recordings from the previous year.
The Carter Family and "The Singing Brakeman", ex-railroad worker Jimmie Rodgers,
cut the first country music records in Bristol, Tennessee.

And in the logging / mining / railroad town of Ralston (population approximately 500)
in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania,
one Earl "Skip" McLaughlin, the 25-year old son of a railwayman,
walks into the General Store and orders
a C.F. Martin & Co. 0-28K model Hawaiian-style guitar.

Here is the story of that guitar.

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