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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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1934 Martin 00-42 Guitar, Serial Number 55622

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Serial number 55622 was stamped on February 27, 1934 and cleared final inspection on May 22 that year. It was shipped to Carl Fischer Inc in Boston MA on July 19, 1934. This is one of the three guitars from the batch of six that were made with gut strings. That does not means the […]

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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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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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1930 Martin OM-28 Guitar, Serial Number 44061

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Serial number 44061 was stamped on September 19, 1930 and cleared final inspection October 27 that year. The original tuners would have been Grover #89 Deluxe banjo pegs. The tuners currently on the guitar are Waverly 5038 “Yoda head” machines that were used between 1940 and 1948. The decal was probably applied to the head […]