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 […]

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Chapter 9.28 – Why did Martin stop scalloping top braces?

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It is well known among Martin guitar aficionados that Martin stopped “scalloping” the top braces of their guitars in late 1944. Mike Longworth noted in his book, based on notes kept by John Deichman, that the transition to non-scalloped occurred at serial number 89926. Deichman’s notes could not be found to confirm this information. However, […]

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1939 Martin D-18 Guitar (Serial Number 73316)

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It always adds to the story of a particular instrument when the purchase documents are available. Here is another great example. Serial number 73316 was stamped on September 22, 1939 and cleared final inspection on December 4 that year. As can be seen from the documents below this guitar was sold by Wilson Music Co. […]

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1945 Martin D-18 (Serial Number 91476)

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Although this guitar is not particularly rare or in pristine condition, it is a perfect example of the emotional connection between an owner and his Martin guitar; almost a love story. I have included the owner’s story of his guitar: “I am wondering about my father’s 1945 D-18 with serial number 91476. From the serial […]