Serial number 55724 was stamped on March 15, 1934 and cleared final inspection on June 8 that year.
At the end of Martin dropped OM designation on its large 14-fret guitars and returned to the 000 designation previously used for 12-fret guitars.
It is well known that Martin continued to use the long scale (25.4") on its 1934 000-18 and 000-28 guitars until late August. Only one batch of six 000-45 guitars were made with the long scale, making it one of the most desirable and collectable guitars of the Golden Era. As an early 000-45 it also has the ebony neck reinforcement and bar frets.
The tuners are gold plated Grover G-98G clipped plate machines with smooth edge butternbean buttons.
Style 45 features:
Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
Top: Red spruce (Adirondack)
Purfling: Abalone, also on back and sides
Binding: White ivoroid
Backstripe: Style 45 purfling
Other period features:
Scalloped advanced X-bracing
Ebony belly bridge
Ebony neck reinforcement
Nickel silver bar frets
1-3/4" neck width at nut
Tortoiseshell celluloid pick guard
Style 45 snowflake fingerboard inlays
Pearl C. F. Martin veneer on front of headstock
C. F. Martin stamp on back of headstock
Photos courtesy of Players Vintage Instruments