Serial number 39272 was stamped on April 4, 1929 and cleared final inspection on October 22 that year, just two days before “Black Thursday” of the 1929 Stock Market Crash and truly marking the very end of the “roaring 20’s”. The tuners are Waverly G-30 machines. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red […]
Serial number 57921 was stamped on October 8, 1934 and cleared final inspection on Jun 26, 1935 (a long time in production for the period) There must have been a fall-off in demand for the 000-18 around that time. At least eleven of twenty-five guitars in this batch had dark tops. It was shipped […]
Martin made the 14-fret Ochestra Model (OM) guitars from 1929 to the end of 1933. Beginning in 1934 the OM designation was dropped and these guitars reverted to the 000 designation. However, for a time in 1934 continued to use long scale (25.4″) necks on 000-18 guitars. In effect, these can be considered OM guitars. […]
This guitar was finished in 2001. It started out as a 000-18 12-fret guitar but received some style 28 features; herringbone purfling, white celluloid binding and a volute on the back of the headstock. Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Photos courtesy of Folkway Music
Serial number 125297 was stamped on June 12, 1952 and cleared final inspection on September 16 that year. The tuners are Kluson 210 machines with metal buttons. Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Sitka spruce Photos courtesy of Folkway Music.