The F-9 guitars were the most expensive guitars offered by Martin in the pre-war period, surpassing even the price of D-45 guitars. In 1941 the F-9s had a retail price of $250 compared to $225 for the D-45.
A total of 72 F-9 guitars were made between 1935 and 1942 but sales in 1935 and 1936 accounted for 47 of the total. Sales tapered off sharply from 1937.
Serial number 63593 was stamped on June 18, 1936 and cleared final inspection on December 31 that year. Six months in production was quite long for the period so demand for this ultra fancy model must have been somewhat sporadic.
The tuners are gold plated G-98G pointed plate machines with an "M" engraved on the buttons. The gold plated tailpiece is a Grover G-29G model.
At the time of writing (March 2, 2019) this guitar is available at Elderly Instrument.
Photos courtesy of Elderly Instrument