Guitars

1909 Wanamaker Style F Guitar

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This is  a very rare guitar made by Martin for Wanamaker’s Department Store, which had branches in Philadelphia and New York. The Wanamaker store in Philadelphia started buying instruments from Martin in 1904. From 1907 to 1910 some guitars were also purchased for the New York branch. Wanamaker continued to buy Martin guitars, mandolins and […]

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1854 Martin 0-23 Guitar

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This guitar is a very early and rare size “0” C. F. Martin guitar, probably the second 0 size guitar made. A total of seventy 0 size guitars, in all styles, were made between 1854 and 1864, with only nine being 0-22 or 0-24 guitars. The first two size 0 guitars were a 0-24 and […]

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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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1926 Martin 000-18 Guitar, Serial Number 26709

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Serial number 26709 was stamped on October 2, 1926. The brass tuners are probably Waverly G-2 machines with white celluloid buttons. The ebony straight bridge is a replacement. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Rosewood Backstripe: Single line of rosewood purfling Other period features: 12 fret neck […]

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1919 Martin 00-45 Guitar, Serial Number 14308

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Serial number 14308 was stamped on October 31, 1919. Style 45 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Abalone and lines on top, back and sides Sound hole decoration: Abalone and lines Binding: Ivory Style 45 snowflake Japan pearl inlays Style 45 abalone “flowerpot” headstock inlay Style 45 backstripe purfling Other […]

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1900 Martin 00-30, Serial Number 8972

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Serial number 8972 is an uncommon 00-30 guitar. A total of 102 Martin 00-30 guitars were made between 1898 and 1921. This guitar is dated August 27, 1900 under the top and is signed with a small rubber stamp “HLK”. Harry L. Keller worked for Martin from 1898 to 1901 and it probably a relative […]