Martin Guitars

1934 Martin 000-45 (OM Scale) Guitar, Serial Number 55724

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 fingerboard

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

Style stamp

Photos courtesy of Players Vintage Instruments

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