Guitars

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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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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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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1947 Martin 000-21 Guitar, Serial Number 101621

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Serial number 101621 was stamped on August 12, 1947 and cleared final inspection on December 23 that year. The tuners are Kluson 210 machines with rounded metal buttons. The bridge is a replacement and the pick guard is oversize and is probably not original. Style 21 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Sitka spruce […]

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1949 Martin 0-18 Guitar, Serial Number 111404

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Serial number 111404 was stamped on September 7, 1949 and cleared final inspection on October 28 that year. The tuners are Kluson 210 machines with rounded metal buttons. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Sitka spruce Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid No backstripe Other period features: Straight X-bracing Rosewood fingerboard Rosewood belly bridge […]

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1956 Martin D-28 Guitar, Serial Number 151874

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Serial number 151874 was stamped on October 4, 1956 and cleared final inspection on January 23, 1957. The tuners are Kluson K-500 “waffleback” machines with rounded metal buttons. Style 28 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Sitka spruce Purfling: Lines Binding: White celluloid Backstripe: Zipper pattern Other period features: Straight X-bracing 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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1965 Martin 00-21NY Guitar, Serial Number 204925

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Serial number 204925 was stamped on September 28, 1965 and cleared final inspection on Novembr 22 that year. The tuners are Waverly G-13 (or possibly G-31) machines with white celluloid buttons. Style 21 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Sitka spruce Purfling: Lines Binding: Tortoiseshell celluloid Backstripe: “Zipper” purfling pattern Other period features: Unscalloped […]