Steve Swan Guitars
High Quality New and Used Acoustic Guitars

(650) 515-1014

ca. 1889-93 Martin 3-17 w/ coffin case

Price: $4500

The sparkling little Martin from 130 years ago has a complex voice and a wonderful responsiveness, thanks to Alan Perlman’s great restoration work that included a neck reset. These little guitar are braced with 3 fan braces and 1 angled tone bar, using very light bracing dimensions. The string length is a short 23 7/8″, putting very little tension on then top.

Finish: The finish is all original, though worn in some places. There are dents from music stands and other objects and some mild scratching. There is some finish damage from a side crack repair and a little abrasion on the treble side lower bout.

Top: There is a crack extending from a long music stand bump on the treble side of the sound hole near the waist. There are no other repairs and the bracing is in original pristine condition.

Sides: There is a 2″ long repaired crack on the treble side lower bout and a 2″ repaired crack near the tail. There is a glued 13″ repaired crack on the bass side, along the top lining.

Back: There are two repaired hairline cracks  on each lower bout wing. The bracing is original and pristine.

The peghead is in good condition, with a small repaired hole for attaching a thing cord. The neck is original condition and has recently been reset, with frets dressed by Alan Perlman.

The original bridge is in fine condition, but for a little shaving of the center section. It has also been regaled by Alan Perlman.

The original Seidel tuners are in fine working condition. The original handles (buttons) have been replaced on the B,D, and A tuners.

The nut is original. The saddle is a new replacement by Alan Perlman. The pins are a mixed set of 3 original and 3 replacements.

The guitar is a wonderful example fo then fine workmanship and attention to tone production in these beautiful little instruments. With the original coffin case with original interior label.


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