Martin Guitars

1931 Martin C-3 Guitar (Serial Number 59524)

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Martin launched its carved-top guitars in June 1931. They were offered in three models; C-1, C-2 and C-3, with the C-3 guitars being the most expensive. These carved-top guitars were based on the same 000-size body used for the flat top guitars. However, Martin took a different approach to making arched-top guitars compared to its […]

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1934 Martin D-28 Guitar (Serial Number 57801)

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This particular guitar has a very interesting story as it has been in the same family since 1934. The guitar is a remarkable survivor and, based on the photographs supplied by the owner, is in original condition excepting some minor wear. Serial number 57801 comes from the first batch of D-28 guitars with a steel […]

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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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Ca.1850-1852 Martin (5-30) Guitar

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The Moravian Historical Society has quite an interesting old Martin guitar in its collection. From the dimensions shown below some interesting observations can be made. Width of lower bout 11.00” (279mm) Width of upper bout 8.00” (203mm) Length of body 16.50” (419mm) Total length: 34″ (864mm) Depth of body at heel 3.50” (89mm) Depth of […]

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1936 Martin D-18 Guitar, Serial Number 64676

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Serial number 64676 was stamped on October 21, 1936 and cleared final inspection on December 31 that year. The tuners are pointed plate G-98 machines with rounded metal buttons. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid Backstripe: None Other period features: Advanced X-bracing (scalloped) Ebony fingerboard […]

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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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1917 Martin 0-28 Guitar, Serial Number 12915

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Serial number 12915 was stamped during October/November 1917 and was shipped to William Lewis & Son in Chicago on December 26, 1917. Although the tuners are reported as newer, they do appear to be period-correct Dinsmore & Jager #26 machines. The ebony pyramid bridge is a replacement. Style 28 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood […]