This model had no peghead decal declaring it was a Martin, so this stamp sufficed on the back of the peghead. Note 1860-1890s Martins have a date year of manufacture penciled on the underside of the top. However, the Violin Makers' Guild claimed exclusive rights to manufacture musical instruments. During the 1930s Martin also made archtop guitars with C, R, and F designations. One inlay at 5th fret, 2 at 7th fret, 1 at 9th fret.
Tenor guitars were marketed as a way to get banjo players in the 1930s to the 1950s to convert to guitar. Black, red and burgundy colors were available. The Martin serial number sequence starts at 8348 which is how many guitars the firm had estimated it had produced from its inception to when they started the serial sequence at the end of the 19th century. Like D-35 258962, which has a Brazilian rosewood center wedge in the back. My first installment focuses on determining the make and model of a guitar. Collectibility Rating: D Arch top body 16 wide across the top, carved spruce top, back not carved by arched by braces, rosewood back and sides, f-holes, style 45 backstripe, bound ebony fingerboard, 2 white lines inlaid down length of fingerboard at the edges, hexagonal fingerboard inlays on 6 frets sometimes pearl, sometimes ivoroid , vertical Martin pearl peghead logo, nickel plated parts, sunburst top finish. Because of this, these models have limited appeal and hence are less collectible than steel string models.
Rosewood back and sides, inlaid bridge pins, abalone inlay along the top, and sound hole only. Charged with the responsibility of repairing and restoring some of the most valuable and oldest instruments in the world, the staff has a deep understanding of old-world construction techniques. Instead of the typical mahogany back and sides, we have sycamore; in place of a Sitka, Italian, or German spruce top, we have Adirondack spruce. The first one was 265783, which was retopped with red spruce in 1993. More Info on a Martin Playability Neck Sets and Bridges. This appears to have started around serial number range 174xxx to 175xxx.
As we note below, Martin guitars have been played by some of the most important musicians of our era. The Carl Fischer Model tenors were soon renamed 0-18T. But either black or tortoise can be seen in 1936-1938 on Style 18 models. Placing one of these designations on an older Martin guitar can be difficult, but as long as you have some idea, you can better ascertain the value of your guitar. Another helpful way to narrow down popular models such as Stratocasters and Les Pauls is to find out what features make your guitar unique pickups, woods, construction, hardware, etc.
For example, a T after the style number indicates a Tenor guitar. The first Martin model to use T frets was the 00-17, introduced on a lot of 00-17 guitars 57305-57329 in 1934. Martin made only 284 D-28e's from 1959 to 1964, before giving up on the model. The belly bridge was the last thing they did to make steel strings usable on their guitars though certainly many models with rectangle bridges can handle steel strings too. By the age of 15, according to the book Martin Guitars: A History by Mike Longworth, C. In 1952 or 1953, rumor has it Martin bought a large supply of Engelmann spruce from government surplus. Rosewood back and sides, fancy inlay, fancy backstripe, ebony fingerboard.
Tuners get metal buttons and again have metal peghead bushings. Check the entire guitar as model names can be put just about anywhere truss rod cover, neckplate, tailpiece, etc. Unlike the nebulous web of varying schemes and numbering systems used by companies like Gibson over the decades, Martin has employed a single string of serial numbers for a vast majority of its guitars going all the way back to 1898. The J series incorporates the same top and back of the M series with the depth of the D series, making it the largest guitar that Martin has ever produced as a regular catalog model. This is a somewhat expensive and delicate repair. Martin also made some archtop models during the 1930s. With greater hand-detailing and step-up Fishman electronics on acoustic-electric models, this moderately priced series is aimed at musicians who play out extensively and need an acoustic with superb tone and the ability to hold up to tough touring, night after night.
Includes a Martin 345 hardshell guitar case. It would take a book to cover all of them, and in fact, there is a book: C. The 0-21 also stayed 12 fret until 1948 when it was discontinued. Electronics and Cutaways Other factors to consider are electronics and cutaway options. Martins Hawaiian style guitars retain bar frets until at least 1938. This was done to minimize metal usage.
Though some models have been seen after this number with scalloped braces, and before this number with tapered braces. It took Martin a little while to use up all the smaller pieces of older Adirondack red spruce, hence the change to Sitka happend slower on the smaller body models. So he traded off his Martin but his troubles are not over. Prior to this, 483 guitars of the original 1917 to 1919 series have been documented. Starting in October 1930, Martin stamped the guitar body size right above the serial number inside the guitar.
But as with classical model, Martin archtops do not have the look, feel, or sound of traditional archtop models as defined by Gibson or Epiphone. Starting in October 1930, Martin also stamped the model number just above the serial number. Has lots of candy, but really not the Martin sound. When the stockpile ran out in early 1947, D-28s and all style 28 guitars were bound with a new decoration scheme of alternating black and white celluloid originally used on the Martin archtop C-2 model. These style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles. The 1938 and prior Grover G98 tuners have a thin seamed button combined with the a square tipped baseplate, and always had the 6:1 ratio.
Happens gradually starting in the early 1920's. Aside from the laminated tops, backs, and sides, these include Stratabond, a laminated hardwood used on necks to resist warping. At the same time, they offered a 20% discount as a courtesy to professional musicians. Unfortunately the popsicle brace can deaden the sound of the upper bout area of the soundboard, and the popsicle brace doesn't always prevent the top from cracking along the fingerboard either. Fishman Sonitone electronics make this a stage-friendly choice. A style 2 size body mounted into a larger rim and back of rosewood, small round soundholes around a lip that joins the outer rims to the inner rims, no soundhole in the top, 14 frets clear, dot fingerboard inlays to the 15th fret, rounded peak peghead with standard Paramount banjo peghead inlay, banjo-style tuners, four or six strings.