Martin Guitars

1930 Martin OM-18 Guitar, Serial Number 44750

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Serial number 44750 was stamped on November 13, 1930 and cleared final inspection on December 11 that year. The original tuners would have been Grover #90 banjo pegs, these appear to be Grover #89 Deluxe banjo tuners. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid Other period […]

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1934 Martin 00-42 Guitar, Serial Number 55622

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Serial number 55622 was stamped on February 27, 1934 and cleared final inspection on May 22 that year. It was shipped to Carl Fischer Inc in Boston MA on July 19, 1934. This is one of the three guitars from the batch of six that were made with gut strings. That does not means the […]

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1932 Martin D-18 Guitar, Serial Number 51978

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Serial number 51978 was ordered on October 7, 1932 by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. It stamped on October 11, 1932 and cleared final inspection on October 22 that year (only 11 days in production!) The neck is a replacement. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid […]

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1939 Martin D-18 Guitar, Serial Number 73066

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Serial number 73066 was stamped on August 10, 1939 and cleared final inspection on November 6 that year. The tuners are Grover pointed plate G-98 machines with unseamed butterbean buttons. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid Other period features: Rear-X scalloped braces Ebony fingerboard Ebony […]

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1834 Martin Terz Guitar

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Here is a rare early Martin terz guitar. Terz means “third” in German and refers to the fact that these guitars were tuned three half tones higher than normal. This guitar has a scale length of only 22-1/4″. A short scale length is a feature of all terz guitars. Sadly, this guitar has seen a […]