The recent ukuleles made since 2006, the 5K at least, have serial numbers now. Centre brace inside is stamped/embossed C F MARTIN & CO, NAZARETH PA (in all caps on the embossing). One good way of dating old Martin ukuleles is the headstock. The Koa Rosewood outer body binding with inner black/white. I have a tenor ukulele that has rosewood front and back. They didn’t put decals on until the mid- to late 30’s. My Martin Tenor has peg tuners and plastic tortoise shell binding. It is relatively simple to determine the Style. There is no information about what happened to the Style 4. – dot on frets 5, 7, 10 Considering that the vast majority of the Martins were one of these two Styles, differentiating is important. Send the photos to my email and I’ll take a look at them. Friend gave me a used Martin ukulele. the tuning pegs work amazingly well staying in tune and it has a case and a green baize plectrum that works!! I have a Type 1 Tenor and I’m led to believe it was late 1930s early 1940s (that’s how it was advertised when I bought it about 10 years ago). Martin Company for years, ever since I heard Brian Hefferan and Dave Passant playing their vintage Martins at various events. 2 gut strings still in place. Styles 1 and 2 had four small celluloid dots, one at the fifth fret, two at the seventh, and one at the ninth. I am planning to buy ukulele. I have changed to geared pegs on my 1940 tenor was this a big mistake? Pretty much anywhere that sells ukuleles is likely to have a variety of instruments. Do you know if Martin ever simply had stamped their instruments particularly their cheaper models? The Style 5 was similar to the Style 3, but had 9 bands with a mother-of-pearl inlay in one of the bands on the top. Stamp on back of peg head, all to early '30s. Introduced in 1918, the first Martin uke model made. – black nut Martin did make Style 1,2 and 3 instruments in koa wood. The sound of these instruments is distinctively different than any other. But if you like it and play it, that is certainly better than it sitting in a closet! Do you have the exact measurement of the small vs larger fret marker? I’ve found the Reverb listings by dealers are rather iffy and believe most of their prices are higher than I believe they are worth. I just acquired a vintage concert ukulele and believe this would help me date it. Note: It has been alleged that Martin used Abalone additionally My primary source is the definitive reference, The Martin Ukulele: The Little Instrument That Helped Create a Guitar Giant by John King and Tom Walsh. With a bow tie, you are probably talking a Style 3. Glad to take a look! be the best for craftsmenship and sound. I’d like to send pictures if I could. All of the models were available in both a soprano and a concert size. to less than 200. I have a Martin and co. Uke passed down from my grandma it has small dot on frets 5 7 10 Martin stamp on headstock and sound hole says Nazareth and made in the USA underneath any idea as to what yr I’m guessing 50 or 60s. Dings, scuffs, scratches are common and are often cosmetic flaws that don’t have too much of an affect on sound, but just look bad. Split in surface of the head – minor Copyright 2106, Mark W. Swarthout. I’ve attached pictures which I see you prefer when assessing instruments – stamped on head-stock and inside: C F Martin & Co, Nazareth PA It has a bow-tie on the seventh fret and line down the middle, [t has double diamonds on the fifth and ninth fret, I am pretty sure this has been in our family since new and cf martin tried to purchase it from my mother in the 60’s for their museum I also have the original case and looks to be in perfect condition, how do I tell what kind of wood it is made from, thanks, John.


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