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Chapter 9.8 – Decals

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Martin had been aware of decalomania for a long time before the first Martin head stock decal appeared in 1932. On October 13, 1897 a company named Palm, Fechteler & Co.  sent some sample sound hole transfers (decals) to Martin with the following comments: “Sound holes can be made much more attractive by “Transfers” and […]

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Decals

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On June 22, 1932 Martin received a shipment of decals from Palm , Fechteler & Co. Based on unit costing from later orders it appears the first batch was for about 5,000 decals. Martin put the decals into immediate use. The earliest reported guitar with a decal is a 1932 OM-18, serial number 50674, that […]

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Chapter 9.5 – Bridge and End Pins

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19th Century Martin Guitars  The following observations on types of bridge pins and end pins used on 19th century Martin guitars are based on examination of existing guitars as well as clues from the 1889 to 1899 inventories. The information available for 19th century bridge and end pins is not exhaustive and much research still […]

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1916-1917 Ditson Taro-Patch 3

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Between 1916 and 1926 Martin produced Ditson model ukuleles with a wide waist design that were similar to the guitars Martin was making for Ditson from 1915 to 1920. The Ditson model ukuleles are popular collectors items because of their distinctive appearance but are not particularly rare, excepting the Ditson 5K ukuleles, as several thousand […]