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1916 Ditson Dreadnought Article

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The August 19, 1916 edition of Music Trade Review contains the following article on page 47: NEW USE FOR STEEL GUITAR Instrument Found to be Excellent for the Making of Talking Machine Records – Another Hawaiian Instrument Soon to be on the Market A new steel guitar called the “Dreadnought” and said to produce the […]

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1945 Martin 000-21 Guitar, Serial Number 92250

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Serial number 92250 was stamped on August 24, 1945 and cleared final inspection on November 30 that year. The tuners are Kluson 502N machines with white celluloid buttons. The guitar still retains the war-time ebony neck reinforcement while the top is now braced with straight braces instead of scalloped braces. Style 21 features: Back and […]

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Interesting 1944 advertisement!

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This very interesting advertisement was posted on the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum (UMGF) website. Wittich’s Musical Shop in Reading PA was a regular Martin customer from 1929 to 1962 and made frequent orders for a briad range of Martin instruments. This advertisement was published in the May 8, 1944 edition of the Reading Eagle newspaper. […]

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1956 Martin D-28 Guitar, Serial Number 151874

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Serial number 151874 was stamped on October 4, 1956 and cleared final inspection on January 23, 1957. The tuners are Kluson K-500 “waffleback” machines with rounded metal buttons. Style 28 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Sitka spruce Purfling: Lines Binding: White celluloid Backstripe: Zipper pattern Other period features: Straight X-bracing Ebony fingerboard Ebony […]

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1953 Martin 00-18 Guitar, Serial Number 134066

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Serial number 134066 was stamped on December 4, 1953 and cleared final inspection on February 26, 1954. The tuners are Waverly 5038D machines with rounded metal buttons. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Vermont) Purfling: Lines Binding: Tortoiseshell celluloid Backstripe: None Other period features: Straight X-bracing Brazilian rosewood fingerboard Brazilian rosewood […]