Martin Guitars

Ca.1850-1852 Martin (5-30) Guitar

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The Moravian Historical Society has quite an interesting old Martin guitar in its collection. From the dimensions shown below some interesting observations can be made. Width of lower bout 11.00” (279mm) Width of upper bout 8.00” (203mm) Length of body 16.50” (419mm) Total length: 34″ (864mm) Depth of body at heel 3.50” (89mm) Depth of […]

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1854 Martin 0-23 Guitar

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This guitar is a very early and rare size “0” C. F. Martin guitar, probably the second 0 size guitar made. A total of seventy 0 size guitars, in all styles, were made between 1854 and 1864, with only nine being 0-22 or 0-24 guitars. The first two size 0 guitars were a 0-24 and […]

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1917 Martin 0-28 Guitar, Serial Number 12915

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Serial number 12915 was stamped during October/November 1917 and was shipped to William Lewis & Son in Chicago on December 26, 1917. Although the tuners are reported as newer, they do appear to be period-correct Dinsmore & Jager #26 machines. The ebony pyramid bridge is a replacement. Style 28 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood […]

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1919 Martin 0-45 Guitar, Serial Number 13602

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Serial number 13602 was stamped on April 8, 1919. It was shipped to Southern California Music Co. in Los Angeles CA on July 30, 1919, which explains the Southern California Music Co. metal plaque on the back of the headstock. Style 45 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Abalone and […]

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1892 Martin 00-28

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Martin guitars did not have serial numbers before 1898 but from about 1885 many guitars were dated in pencil (or crayon) under the top. This guitar is dated in 1892. The 00-28 model was Martin’s largest “professional” guitar at the time. This guitar originally had ivory friction pegs which have been replaced with moden machines. […]