Martin Guitars

We have ten Martins from 1841-1899, including  a very rare Martin & Coupa instrument.

Martin 1888 Size 2-1/2 Style 17 - (G018)SOLD

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Martin brand. 1888 Size 2 1/2 Style 17. Silver headstock, original case, no cracks, solid lining, cone heel.

SOLD

Price: 
$3,000.00

1919 Martin Size 1 style 21 Serial 14072 - (G014)

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Martin brand. 1919. No Case. Size 1 style 21 serial 14072.  refinished poorly, multiple face cracks, bridge missing.

Price: 
$2,500.00

Martin Pre-1865 2-1/2 21 - (G013)

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Martin Pre-1865 2-1/2 21

Martin brand. Pre- 1865, No Case. 2-1/2 21. Jerome Tuners, wrong Bridge, wrong Bridge Plate, cracks on plate and side.

Price: 
$5,000.00

Pre-1870 Martin 2 1/2 Style 18 -(G011)

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Martin Brand. Pre-1870 size 2 1/2 style 18. With Case. Very good condition.  Needs restoration - Brazilian rosewood cracks, fret wear, needs part.

Price: 
$3,000.00

1910 Martin Parlor Guitar 0-21 - (G055)

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Martin Brand. With Case. 1910. 0-21 Parlor Guitar. Good condition.

Price: 
$7,000.00

1899 Martin 2-18 serial #8576 - (G023)

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Martin brand. Stored in a Martin "O" 1930's Soft Case. 2-18. Serial # 8576. refinished. Face repair. 

PLEASE NOTE- this guitar was previously listed as having the serial #8676 but on further inspection, it is believed to actually be #8576. At first glance it looks like a 6 but on closer inspection, the 5 is dinged up but clearly a different shape than the last 6.

Price: 
$3,000.00

1899 Martin 0-28 - (G007)

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1899 Martin 0-28 guitar
Close up of sound hole - 1899 0-28 guitar
Head of 1899 Martin 0-28 guitar
Back of 1899 0-28 Martin guitar
Neck of 1899 0-28 Martin guitar
Top of head - 1899 0-28 Martin guitar

Martin brand. 1899. No Case. 0-28.VG serial 8702. Has appraisal certificate.

Price: 
$5,500.00

1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 Nazareth PA -(G006)

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1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA
Close up of 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar
Close up of neck on a 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA
Back of a 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA
Hole in back of head - 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA
Head of 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA
Side of 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA
Back of body of 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA
Back of neck - 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA
Back of head - 1896 Martin Size 1 Style 42 guitar Nazareth PA

Martin brand. 1896 Size 1 Style 42, No case. VG-Ex has been repaired. Has some cracks. Neck needs to be reset. Some parts are missing.

Price: 
$10,000.00

1841-1843 Martin & Coupa - (G004)

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1841-1843 Martin & Coupa guitar
Close up of inside of 1841-1843 Martin & Coupa guitar
Close up of body of 1841-1843 Martin & Coupa guitar
Where neck meets body of a 1841-1843 Martin & Coupa guitar
Back of 1841-1843 Martin & Coupa guitar
Head of 1841-1843 Martin & Coupa guitar
Back of the head of 1841-1843 Martin & Coupa guitar
Coffin case for 1841-1843 Martin & Coupa guitar

Martin & Coupa. Has cracks. Guitar has a coffin case.

 

The guitar has Brazilian rosewood sides and back with the back being book-matched from two pieces of wood. Like other early Martin guitars it is lined with a veneer of a different type of wood. The veneer is usually spruce or mahogany but this guitar is lined with a single piece of goncalo alves (known to Martin as “zebrawood”).
 
The guitar has a five-strut fan brace and an ebony tie pyramid bridge with an ivory insert saddle. The lining is solid and continuous rather than being kerfed. The guitar originally had an arced-shaped piece of spruce under the neck block (rather than the shield-shaped Spanish foot usually seen on later Martin & Coupas) but this was trimmed during a repair. A dotted line in the photo indicates the size of the neck block support.
 
The Martin & Coupa label was in use from 1840 to 1850 but new research indicates the combination of features described above was used by Martin circa 1841-1843, making this guitar one of the earlier Spanish Martins.
 
The German silver tuning machine is of Viennese manufacture. This is commonly known as a Stauffer head stock but Martin often called this type of machine a “one side screw”. The head stock is a particularly fine example with the sides being veneered in ivory. The ivory veneer makes a stunning contrast with the ebony neck. The neck appears to be stained or painted. As with all black necks, the heel has an “ice cream cone” shape.
 
The top purfling is particularly fine and both the top and back are bound with ivory. The inner sound hole ring has small inlaid pearl squares inlaid into ebony. Another interesting feature is the side fillet purfling around the top and bottom of the guitar.
 
There is a very interesting repair label of A. A. Dorn, Springfield MA glued to the neck block and dated 1895.
 
The guitar has repaired cracks on the top, sides and back. A crack in the end block has also been repaired. The bridge is original. The finish has been touched up at some point, but there is a lot of original finish left.
Price: 
$40,000.00

early 1840's Martin - (G002)

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1840's Martin Guitar
Close up of a 1840's Martin
Mahogany back of a 1840's Martin
Back of neck - 1840's Martin
Non-original tuners - 1840's Martin
Bridge - 1840's Martin

Martin brand. With Case. One of the first x-braced made. Mahogany back & sides. Tuners not original. Has broken bridge. Comes with case.

Price: 
$5,000.00