Guitars

1948 Martin 000-28 Employee Guitar – Elwood Fries

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As known by many collectors and dealers, Martin allowed employees to make a guitar or other instrument for their own use using the company’s wood supply and machinery. The employee were allowed to buy the wood, tuners and other supplies at cost but were not to put a Martin stamp or decal on the instrument. […]

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Chapter 9.29 – Special Guitars

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Most of Martin’s guitar production was made in well established styles and sizes. However, Martin always allowed some variation of specification in the guitars they produced. In the 19th century the main variation was related to the type of finish applied to the instrument. A “yellow” or “orange” top could be produced by simply using […]

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1877 Martin 2-40 Guitar

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This 19th century Martin guitar is more than a little interesting. A Martin 2-40 guitar is a very scarce model. A total of only thirteen were made between 1863 and 1883. The ledger books are missing from 1884 to 1898 but it is known four were ordered by C. A. Zoebisch & Sons between 1892 […]