Martin Guitars

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 […]

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1933 Martin D-28 Guitar, Serial Number 54950

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Here is an interesting early 12-fret D-28 that was once owned by Norman Blake. Serial number 54950 was ordered by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. in Milwaukee WI on December 9, 1933. It stamped on December 15, 1933 and cleared final inspection on December 21 that year, manufactured and shipped in only 6 days! Three more 12-fret […]

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1940 Martin D-45 Guitar, Serial Number 74163

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Serial number 74163 was stamped on January 15, 1940 and cleared final inspection on March 27 that year. This guitar is in remarkable condition.  Many original D-45 guitars were owned by working musicians and were often returned to Martin to be “refreshed”, which usually involved refinishing. The tuners are gold plated Grover G-111G machines. The […]

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1934 Martin 00-21 Guitar, Serial Number 55662

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Serial number 55662 was stamped on March 3, 1934 and cleared final inspection on Jun 13 that year. The tuners are Grover G-97 machines with seamed butterbean metal buttons. Style 21 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Rosewood Sound hole decoration: Herringbone Back stripe: Herringbone Other period features: […]

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1916 Ditson 33 Guitar, Serial Number 20

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This is one of the early Ditson guitars made by Martin for Charles H. Ditson & Co. of New York, in fact it is the first Ditson style 33 made. Ditson guitars are characterized by a wide waist as they were meant to be in the Hawaiian style and so the narrower waist of guitars […]