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1933 Martin D-28 Guitar, Serial Number 54950

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Here is an interesting early 12-fret D-28 that was once owned by Norman Blake. Serial number 54950 was ordered by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. in Milwaukee WI on December 9, 1933. It stamped on December 15, 1933 and cleared final inspection on December 21 that year, manufactured and shipped in only 6 days! Three more 12-fret […]

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1950 Martin 00-18 Dark Top, Serial Number 116146

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Serial number 116146 was stamped on August 11, 1950 and cleared final inspection on November 13 that year. Guitars from the 1950s are rarely encountered with dark tops and only one from this batch of 25 guitars got the sunburst finish. The tuners are Kluson K-210 machines with metal buttons. Style 18 features: Back and […]

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1930 Martin 00-21, Serial Number 44066

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Serial number 44066 was stamped on September 23, 1930 and cleared final inspection on October 7 that year. A small number of 1930 00-21 guitars were made with a “dark top” but this sunburst finish is so subtle is often referred to as amberburst or teaburst. Style 21 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: […]

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1932 Martin OM-18, Serial Number 52348

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Serial number 52348 was stamped on November 28, 1932 and cleared final inspection on August 25, 1933 (a very long time in production for the period). The OM-18 guitars made in 1932 were called “Model 32” and all had a “dark top”, in Martin terminology. These are now commonly known as amberburst, honeyburst or teaburst […]