During the 1930s Martin also made archtop guitars with C, R, and F designations. This can be seen by looking through the soundhole on the guitar towards the front of the instrument. The fancier style 5 models are worth more than plainer styles 0 to 3. First the lower line models were built for steel strings first. Here is a list and a brief description of the more popular styles: 15 — Mahogany top, back, and sides, with rosewood fingerboard and bridge. So how do you know if a 1920s Martin is built for steel? Other common elements in these guitars are maple bridge plates and adjustable truss rods. And the tone bars were angled more parallel with the length of the guitar and further apart.Next
The necks now have ebony to provide them strength and extra reinforcement. He could not however find anyone who was cutting Engelmann commercially, so they went back to Sitka. I am not completely sure this tuner info is completely accurate. Martin guitars of the same prefix are all the same body size. No such uke has yet been seen. A guitar with a 14-fret neck has a body less than an inch shorter than a guitar with a 12-fret neck. Martin Ukulele Model Specs Martin Style 3k Uke Ukuleles were in highest production from 1916 to the 1930's, though still manufactured in quantity until 1965.
Also the grain is much straighter and boring. This measurement is taken from the bottom of the low-E string, to the top of the 12th fret. For a short period of time they continue to stamp the back of the peghead as well. Concert and tenor models were available in all the following styles, with the exception of Style 0, which was produced only as a soprano. He could not, however, find anyone who was cutting Engelmann commercially, so they went back to Sitka.Next
These include lowering the bridge saddle and lowering the bridge. Acoustically, they sound nearly the same. Just these are the years recorded by Martin in their ledgers. This changed in 1972 with the blue thermoplastic case which was included with the sale of all new Martins. Certain design elements like the zippered back seam were discontinued while bracing material changed. From the solid Adirondack spruce top and forward-shifted X-bracing to the slot-through saddle and herringbone binding, this guitar will stun onlookers as much as it will satisfy your discerning tastes.Next
The company has a detailed logging system that dates back well over 100 years. The last set of numbers are the ornamention style. Fretboards and bridges were ebony until the 1950s when, like the style 18, they were replaced with rosewood. But either black or tortoise can be seen in 1936-1938 on Style 18 models. Not all pyramid bridges have straight saddles. Martin Guitars, A History, by Mike Longworth. The first set of characters are the body size.Next
Sitka spruce was used in regular production thereafter. Also note the nice Brazilian rosewood used. Also, the woods chosen for the 45s are of the highest grade. These serial number apply to all Martin guitars, flat top and arch top. The string spacing is slightly greater at the bridge than on other models too, although not as wide as a classical guitars. This causes used Martin guitars to show wear. .Next
The most valuable models from this era feature Brazilian rosewood. All measurements are in inches. Starting in the 1950s the fretboards and bridges were made out of rosewood. Remember as a general rule Grovers were used on style 21 and above, and Klusons were used on style 18 and lower. Tenor guitar are not very collectible though, as they were sold from the 1930s to the 1950s mostly to transition banjo players to guitar! Unfortunately, the market is flooded with cheap replicas that capitalize off the Martin name. If it has a rectangle bridge and was made before 1929 , the bracing needs to be checked by a qualified repair person to determine if the guitar's bracing can handle steel strings.Next
The neck must be shortened to get the shallower angle required for a flat top. So you need to figure out the date of your. 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. By late 1929 the pyramid bridge was no longer used and the rectangle bridge was only used on style 17 and lower. Martin ukes are considered to be the best for craftsmenship and sound. Ukes have the Martin stamp on the back of the peghead until 1935.Next