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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


1931 Martin OM-18 (48106)

Temporary photo set ________________ This great sounding late summer 1931 Martin OM-18 (48106) went to Martin back in 1938-40 for new and better 12:1 Grover G-98 tuners, a headstock decal, and a cleanup overspray to the finish. Martin did not maintain repair records for this period after 1935. The Adirondack spruce top bold, even grain […]

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Price: $14,500

1950 Martin shadetop OO-18 (116146)

This 1950 Martin shade top OO-18 (116146) comes in with a good repair history and is a representative example of one of my favorite postwar years for Martin. This guitar plays well and responds with a splendidly colorful voice. The Sitka spruce top has narrow grain and cross-grain silking at the center and wider grain […]

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Price: $4950

1930 Martin OO-21 shadetop (44066)

This consignment 1930 Martin shade top OO-21 (44066) is very lively and presents in very nice, clean condition. The 12 fret guitars from 1930 are often mentioned as being the crowning achievements of Martin’s golden age of steel string building, and this guitar is clear evidence. One of only 85 OO-21 guitars built in 1930, […]

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Price: $15,000

ca. 1953 Martin style O soprano uke (No serial number)

Temporary Photo Set _________________ This consignment 1950s Martin style O soprano uke shows a few dings from use and a little lacquer stress around the tuners. Honduras mahogany back, sides, top and neck, Brazilian roe wood fingerboard, Ebony nut. Good neck angle. With hardshell Gator brand case.

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Price: $500

1946 Martin OOO-18 (97940)

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 first half of 1947, […]

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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