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1936 Martin 000-28 Guitar (Serial Number 62166)

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Serial number 62166 was stamped on January 28, 1936 and cleared final inspection on July 9 that year. The tuners are Grover G-98 pointed plate machines with seamed metal butterbean buttons.     Style 28 features: Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Herringbone Binding: Ivoroid Back Stripe: Zig-zag purfling pattern Other […]

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1947 Martin D-28 Guitar (Serial Number 99606)

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Serial number 99606 was stamped on April 3, 1947 and cleared final inspection on July 30 that year. The tuners are Waverly 5038 machines with the distinctive “Yoda head” backing plates with rounded metal buttons. These machines were used by Martin from 1939 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1947.   Style 28 features: Back […]

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1936 Martin D-18 Guitar, Serial Number 64676

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Serial number 64676 was stamped on October 21, 1936 and cleared final inspection on December 31 that year. The tuners are pointed plate G-98 machines with rounded metal buttons. Style 18 features: Back and sides: Mahogany Top: Red spruce (Adirondack) Purfling: Lines Binding: Black celluloid Backstripe: None Other period features: Advanced X-bracing (scalloped) Ebony fingerboard […]

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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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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 […]