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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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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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 […]

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1840 to 1844 Schatz Guitar

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Henry Schatz first became known to C. F. Martin Sr. when they were both working for Johann Stauffer, the famous Viennese guitar maker, during the early 1820’s. Schatz emigrated to the United States some time between 1826 and 1830 and settled in Philadelphia. It is very likely that he encouraged Martin to emigrate to the […]

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1875 Martin 1-21 Guitar

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Most Martin guitars made between about 1885 and the beginning of serial numbers in 1898 are dated under the top of the guitar in pencil or blue crayon. Occasionally initials are also seen under the date. This guitar is one of the few instruments that are dated prior to 1885. In this case the guitar […]