Thursday, May 13, 2004

1916 Martin

Great pix of an early Martin in amazing condition on
"This excellent example of the earliest production series of Martin ukuleles is loaded with interesting features not found on later instruments. Notice the more 'primitive' lines, especially around the heel of the neck. The fingerboard was installed before the fret slots were cut, and the frets seat well below the glue joint between the fingerboard and neck. The bridge is a one-piece construction with an integral saddle, the tuning pegs are plain hardwood. Martin ukes made during this early period were the only ones that had serial numbers. Even the linings are simple rough rectangular strips."

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