Martin Guitars

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 […]

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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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1947 Martin 5-18, Serial Number 99590

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Serial number 99590 was stamped on April 2, 1947 and cleared final inspection on August 1 that year. The tuners are probably three-on-a-side D & J (Dinsmore & Jager) #31 machines. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) – Although Sitka spruce was the norm for Martin guitars at the time, […]

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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 […]