Guitars

1929 Martin 00-28 Guitar (Serial Number 39944)

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Serial number 39944 is a 1929 00-28. It was stamped on October 16, 1929 and cleared final inspection on March 5, 1930. Being almost 5 months in production was very unusual for the time, especially since it appears the batch the guitar comes from were out of the finish shop on November 12, 1929. Clearly, […]

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1896 “Orange Top” Martin 0-28 Guitar

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This guitar is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it is dated “April 7, 1896” under the top and is signed “FHM” (Frank Henry Martin). This is not unusual since most Martin guitars were dated from about 1885 and most were signed from around 1894 to 1916. However, Martin guitars from 1894 to 1896 […]

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1937 Martin D-18 Guitar (Serial Number 68389)

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Serial number 68389 was stamped on November 19, 1937 and cleared final inspection on March 4, 1938. The tuners are Grover G-98 pointed plate machines with rounded un-seamed metal buttons.   Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Tortoiseshell celluloid Back stripe: None Other period features: Scalloped advanced […]

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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 […]