Martin ukulele dating

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I figured this might be the correct area for posting this question, since y'all are talking tech! I looked it up in "Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars" and here is what it says: Style 51, Baritone Ukulele, 10" wide, 20-1/8" scale, mahogany body, white-black-white soundhole rings, 2-ply top binding with dark outer layer, single-ply dark back binding, pin bridge, rosewood fingerboard, 14 frets clear of the body - Introduced in 1960, still in production...

The book was printed in 1991 so I don't know if they still make baritones now or not...

Regardless, it is still the first ukulele (first stringed instrument) I've ever owned, it has sentimental value because it belonged to Mom, and it's the only baritone in my arsenal!

And, like Mom, I prefer the concert for everyday driving - hers when to my Nephew.

Taking advantage of the boom in ukulele popularity, Martin applied modern production methods and quality controls and most ukes now seen are based on the Martin models.

Martin guitar company is almost single-handedly responsible for what we know as the modern tenor ukulele and soprano ukulele.

Also, the images I've seen of the neck and fretboard generally come all the way down to the soundhole, or end on the body with the stereo-typical bracket shape.

It is on good playing condition and while it has expected play and usage wear, it is structurally sound. Fret wear is minimal – nylon strings are very easy on frets.

The original case is long gone, but new cases are available at extra cost.

This example of a Martin Style 1 Tenor ukulele dates to the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.

As ukes from this period do not carry serial numbers, precise dating is difficult if not impossible.


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