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Jerome Bonaparte Squier
American luthier

Jerome Bonaparte Squier

Jerome Bonaparte Squier
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Intro American luthier
Was Musical instrument maker
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 1838
Death 1912 (aged 74 years)
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Jerome Bonaparte Squier (1838 – 1 June 1912) was a British-American luthier.

"J.B." Squier was an English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Michigan in the latter part of the 19th century. A farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1881 where he built and repaired violins with his son, Victor Carroll (V.C.) Squier. Squier made 600 instruments during his career. He made his own amber-brown, lustrous varnish. Among his notable violins were a dozen violins each named after one of the twelve apostles. Other instruments were named after George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Most of his violins were patterned after Stradivarius, notably the Alard Stradivarius. The tonal quality of Squier's violins was brilliant and clear. Squier taught the art of violin making to Charles Kinney, father of Edward Kinney. In 2007, one of Squier's violins had an estimated worth of US$100,000 because of its tonal quality.

Squier married Olive Brown Raymond and the couple had three children. One of their children, Victor Carrol Squier, also went on to work in violin-making and became renowned for his violins and violin strings.

The Squier company went on to manufacture violin, banjo and guitar strings and was acquired by Fender in 1965.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 30 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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