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Vintage Martin Other Size

I seek out strong examples of Pre-1970 Martin guitars from many sources. With their light build, Adirondack Spruce tops, and scalloped brace voicing, I am strongly interested in all models from the classic late 1920s through 1944 period. I like to have good sounding examples of the larger OOO and Dreadnought sizes in the postwar tapered brace voicing period of 1945 through 1948 with Adirondack Spruce tops ending for all models by late 1946 and Sitka Spruce tops being used exclusively in 1947-48. The beefier build style starting in 1948 progressing up through the mid-1960s produced some really great Dreadnoughts for Bluegrass and other heavier playing styles where volume and clarity are important. Scattered throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, but most notably in the 1952-53 period Martin used light, but strong Engelmann Spruce tops on some of their guitars. Many dealers currently mistake and misname this lighter colored top wood as Adirondack Spruce. I’ll also have smaller model sizes represented in this 1948-1969 group if they are responsive and demonstrate a lot of character in their voice.

Coming Soon: 1931 OO-21, 1938 OOO-18, 1944 OOO-28, 1946 OOO-21


1946 Martin OOO-18 (97940)

Temporary Photo Set ________________________________________________ This fine sounding consignment 1946 Martin OOO-18 (97940) is one of the few made in the fall of 1946 with a 4-piece Adirondack spruce top. Other features specific to this period of build are the tapered voicing of the top braces, the large neck profile seen all through 1946 and the […]

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Price: 4750

1933 Martin OM-18 54576 (54576)

This consignment 1933 Martin OM-18 (54576) has a very lively response and a musical midrange oriented voice. Of of 200 OM-18s made in 1933, this one remains in fine condition. The riveted Grover clipped plate tuners are in fine working order, though they appear to be a period-correct mixed set with a few different mounting […]

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Price: 14,500

1934 Martin long scale OOO-28 (56582) (56582)

       These photos were shot on a bright clear day. Replacement photos from a more overcast day will be coming soon. This consignment 1934 Martin OOO-28 (56582) features the long OM string scale that was used though about August of that year. Of the 129 OOO-28s built in 1934, about 85 or so […]

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Price: Sold

1932 Martin OO-21 shadetop (52191)

       This consignment 1932 shadetop OO-21 (52191) was one of only 50 examples made that year and it retains a lively, colorful voice and a very easy playing character. The few repair procedures that it has experienced put the price into a very comfortable range. The shaded top option appeared in the Martin […]

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Price: Sold

1945 Martin OOO-28 (90987)

This great sounding consignment 1945 Martin OOO-28 (90987) combines my favorite features that were available during that year, an Adirondack spruce top and the steel T-bar neck reinforcement. The Brazilian rosewood is colorful and well-figured, matching the back of a recently sold 1945 D-28 that passed through the shop. The quality of the fine grain […]

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Price: Sold

1945 Martin OOO-18 (92396)

This consignment 1945 OOO-18 (92396) has an Adirondack spruce top with the radically tapered brace voicing of the time period and a large, forceful voice to go with it. Though it came from the Pacific Northwest region, the metal tuner parts are gleaming and untarnished. This guitar never got much sunlight, as the pickguard retains […]

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Price: Sold0

1936 Martin OOO-18 (63900) (63900)

This consignment 1936 OOO-18 (63900) from about September is one of 280 made that year and it has a characteristically loose and lively response and a toneful voice all over the fingerboard. A key ingredient to the fine tone is the stiff area of the top that runs from the centerline through much of the […]

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Price: Sold

Early 1945 OOO-28 (90734)

This consignment Martin OOO-28 (90734) dates from very early 1945 and is one of only 147 made that year. The fine grain Adirondack spruce top features bold grain lines and has darkened considerably with age and use. The gorgeous Brazilian rosewood back and sides feature prominent “spiderweb” figure. The original Kluson tuners work well and […]

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Price: Sold

1905 OO-42 10002 (10002)

This consignment 12 fret 1905 Martin OO-42 (10002) was expertly and professionally restored about 20 years ago by Marty Lanham (Nashville Guitar Company). Dark Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, Cedar neck, Handel strip tuners, Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay, Snail shell snowflake fingerboard inlay, 42 style abalone top purling, Replacement walrus ivory bridge. […]

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Price: Sold

1946 Martin O-18 (95103)

This consignment 1946 Martin O-18 (95103) is a very fine playing instrument and speaks with great force and authority. Mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, Mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Replacement Kluson Deluxe style tuners, Replacement bridge pins, output jack endpin. Repairs include: neck reset and refret, 1/8″ bridge saddle, Rectangular side […]

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Price: Sold