Start Dating vintage martin guitars

Dating vintage martin guitars

Martin also built mandolins (introduced in 1895), ukuleles (introduced in 1915), taropatches (an 8-stringed ukulele), tiples (a 10-stringed ukulele), Hawaiian guitars, and tenor banjos (in 1923) plus a few custom instruments.

The very earliest Martins, around 1833, had a paper label "Martin & Coupa". One good way of dating old Martin ukuleles is the headstock.

So if you don't have a decal, it's pre-1930, if you have both decal and stamp, it was built between 19.

They also used bar frets until 1934 (and probably on some ukes a few more years) after which they used "T" frets." Mike Longworth, Martin Company historian for 25 years added, "...

I found what I believe to be the initial order for decals at Martin. Remember that during the depression, things might set around in the factory, sometimes incomplete, for a while waiting on someone who had the money.