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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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1932 Martin D-18 Guitar, Serial Number 51978

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Serial number 51978 was ordered on October 7, 1932 by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. It stamped on October 11, 1932 and cleared final inspection on October 22 that year (only 11 days in production!) The neck is a replacement. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid […]

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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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1953 Martin 00-18 Guitar, Serial Number 134066

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Serial number 134066 was stamped on December 4, 1953 and cleared final inspection on February 26, 1954. The tuners are Waverly 5038D machines with rounded metal buttons. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Vermont) Purfling: Lines Binding: Tortoiseshell celluloid Backstripe: None Other period features: Straight X-bracing Brazilian rosewood fingerboard Brazilian rosewood […]

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1948 Martin D-18 Guitar, Serial Number 106809

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Serial number 106809 was stamped on September 10, 1948 and cleared final inspection on December 14 that year. The tuners are Kluson K-210 machines with rounded metal buttons. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Sitka spruce Purfling: Lines Binding: Tortoiseshell celluloid Other period features: Straight X-bracing Brazilian rosewood fingerboard Ebony belly bridge Steel […]

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1920 Martin 0-18 Guitar, Serial Number 15203

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Serial number was stamped around mid-June 1920. One interesting feature of this guitar is the coarse grain structure of the wood used for the neck. This type of wood is Philippine Mahogany (genus Shorea) which is not considered a true mahogany (genus Swietenia). It was used for the necks of Martin guitars circa 1919 to […]