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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1931 Martin OM-18 Guitar, Serial Number 48106

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Serial number 48106 was stamped on August 26, 1931 and cleared final inspection on December 1 that year. This guitar was made shortly after the change from banjo tuners to side tuners and the larger pick guard were made. The tuners are replacements but the original tuners would have been Grover G-98 clipped plate machines. […]

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1931 Paramount Style L Guitar, Serial Number 160

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The Paramount Style L guitars are far more complicated and interesting than previously thought. Style L guitars are often discussed as one type but occur in two completely different designs: a six-string guitar and a tenor guitar.  The Spanish-style six string guitars have a size 2 guitar shape as the inner body while the resonator […]

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1931 Paramount Style L Guitar, Serial Number 130

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The Paramount Style L guitars are far more complicated and interesting than previously thought. Style L guitars are often discussed as one type but occur in two completely different designs: a six-string guitar and a tenor guitar.  The Spanish-style six string guitars have a size 2 guitar shape as the inner body while the resonator […]