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1930 Martin OM-18 Guitar, Serial Number 44750

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Serial number 44750 was stamped on November 13, 1930 and cleared final inspection on December 11 that year. The original tuners would have been Grover #90 banjo pegs, these appear to be Grover #89 Deluxe banjo tuners. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid Other period […]

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1934 Martin 00-42 Guitar, Serial Number 55622

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Serial number 55622 was stamped on February 27, 1934 and cleared final inspection on May 22 that year. It was shipped to Carl Fischer Inc in Boston MA on July 19, 1934. This is one of the three guitars from the batch of six that were made with gut strings. That does not means the […]

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1939 Martin D-18 Guitar, Serial Number 73066

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Serial number 73066 was stamped on August 10, 1939 and cleared final inspection on November 6 that year. The tuners are Grover pointed plate G-98 machines with unseamed butterbean buttons. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid Other period features: Rear-X scalloped braces Ebony fingerboard Ebony […]

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1940 Martin D-45 Guitar, Serial Number 74163

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Serial number 74163 was stamped on January 15, 1940 and cleared final inspection on March 27 that year. This guitar is in remarkable condition.  Many original D-45 guitars were owned by working musicians and were often returned to Martin to be “refreshed”, which usually involved refinishing. The tuners are gold plated Grover G-111G machines. The […]

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1934 Martin 00-21 Guitar, Serial Number 55662

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Serial number 55662 was stamped on March 3, 1934 and cleared final inspection on Jun 13 that year. The tuners are Grover G-97 machines with seamed butterbean metal buttons. Style 21 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Rosewood Sound hole decoration: Herringbone Back stripe: Herringbone Other period features: […]

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1916 Ditson 33 Guitar, Serial Number 20

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This is one of the early Ditson guitars made by Martin for Charles H. Ditson & Co. of New York, in fact it is the first Ditson style 33 made. Ditson guitars are characterized by a wide waist as they were meant to be in the Hawaiian style and so the narrower waist of guitars […]

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1930 Martin OM-28 Guitar, Serial Number 44061

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Serial number 44061 was stamped on September 19, 1930 and cleared final inspection October 27 that year. The original tuners would have been Grover #89 Deluxe banjo pegs. The tuners currently on the guitar are Waverly 5038 “Yoda head” machines that were used between 1940 and 1948. The decal was probably applied to the head […]