Guitars

1931 Martin 00-28 Guitar (Serial Number 46449)

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The popularity of 12-fret 00-28 guitars began to waver in 1929 as the first Martin 14-fret six-string guitars appeared on the market. The 00-28 models had been a very popular up-market guitar for some time and were what Martin considered one of their best sounding guitars they made, being in their opinion better balanced than […]

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1927 Martin 00-45 Guitar (Serial Number 33002)

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Serial number 33002 was stamped on September 15, 1927 at the beginning of the production process. The tuners are Waverly G-32 chrome plated machines with ivoroid buttons. Style 45 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Abalone Binding: Ivoroid Back Stripe: Style 45 Other period features: Scalloped X-bracing Ebony fingerboard Ebony […]

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1929 Martin 000-18 Guitar (Serial Number 38272)

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Serial number 39272 was stamped on April 4, 1929 and cleared final inspection on October 22 that year, just two days before “Black Thursday” of the 1929 Stock Market Crash and truly marking the very end of the “roaring 20’s”. The tuners are Waverly G-30 machines. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red […]

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Chapter 9.3 – Banjo Part Suppliers

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The subject of Martin’s sources for banjo parts is easily answered by referring to the yearly inventories. Banjo parts only appeared in the yearly inventories between 1923 and 1926. A. D. Grover & Son supplied tone rings, resonators, tuning pegs, tailpieces and bridges while Waverly Musical Products Co. Inc. supplied straining hoops, banjo hooks, nuts […]

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Chapter 8.24 – Electric Guitars (1941 to 1967)

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Apart from the single 00-18 guitar shipped in 1941 with a factory installed De Armond RHC pick-up, the first Martin electric guitars were the 00-18E, D-18E and D-28E offered in the late 1950’s. The first prototype was a D-18E (serial number 163746) stamped on September 22, 1958. The shop order noted: “West spruce top, special […]

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Chapter 8.23 – C. F. Martin and the Classical Guitar

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From the viewpoint of today’s acoustic guitar market, with its emphasis on large steel-strung instruments, Martin classical guitars may seem somewhat anachronistic. However, Martin had always considered itself a manufacturer of guitars meant for concert use. In the period when all guitars were strung with gut strings there was no need to define “classical” guitars […]