Serial number 54286 is a round sound hole R-18 guitar. It was stamped on September 12, 1933 and cleared final inspection on December 22 that year. This guitar has the lovely "amberburst" finish that appeared on Martin guitars during 1932 and 1933.
It was shipped to the Charles E. Wells Music Co. in Denver, Colorado on January 22, 1934.
A total of 480 R-18 guitars were made in 1933, the first year of production for the model. The last sixty-eight R-18 guitar made in 1933 had f-holes instead of round sound holes.
Type 1 C. F. Martin decal in use from 1932 to 1934
Even though this guitar has a decal it still retains the Martin stamp on the back of the headstock. The tuners are Grover G-98 "clipped plate" machines with seamed butterbean metal buttons.
Photographs courtesy of Roger Kern