Martin Guitars

1930 Martin OM-42, Serial Number 43708

This is a rare bird indeed! It is one of only two OM-42 guitars ever made, both in 1930.

Serial number 43708 was stamped on August 22, 1930 and cleared final inspection on September 12 (only 3 weeks later!)

As an early example of an OM guitar it has banjo tuners and the small OM pickguard. In this case the original tuners have been replaced but the celluloid buttons are original.

Style 42 features:

Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood

Top: Red spruce (Adirondack)

Purfling: Abalone and wood (extends around fingerboard extension)

Binding: Ivoroid

Backstripe: Style 45

C. F. Martin stamp on back of headstock

No style stamp

Small OM pickguard

Waverly #89 Deluxe banjo tuners

Other period features:


Ebony belly bridge

Ebony fingerboards

Style 42 "snowflake" Japan pearl inlays in fingerboard

Post Script

As it turns out the story of this guitar gets even more interesting.

The second last photo shows "Mac's Haywire Orchestra". Mac is at the far right and he is playing a OM-42! And the musician on the left has an OM-28! (this is important later)

"Mac" is actually Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock an early cowboy song writer who, among many other songs,  wrote "Big Rock Candy Mountain".

I found a very interesting biography at the following website ( that is well worth the read and saves me having to transcribe an already well written article.

The biography provides enough clues to draw the conclusion that the OM-42 in this entry was once "Haywire Mac's" guitar. From the biography we see that Mac played on the radio and made recordings in the San Francisco area.

This OM-42 was ordered by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. in San Francisco CA on August 21, 1930 (you will note that is only the day before the guitar was stamped). The last clue is that an OM-28 was ordered by Wurlitzer in San Francisco on the same day! It seems entirely likely that both guitars went to the same customer and the OM-42 was indeed once owned by Harry McClintock.



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