1896 0 28 Martin guitar
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-10-18)
Price : US $2,810.
This guitar was originally purchased in 1897 by my
great-grandfather in the period he was moving from Illinois
to San Francisco.
The family story was that he had bought it through a Sears-Roebuck catalog but
I have found no evidence that Sears-Roebuck sold Martins during this time. My
mother inherited this guitar in the late 1950's and eventually tried fitting it
with steel strings. The predictable result was stress cracks on the body which
Mom paid nearly $2k to have repaired in 1998.The repaired sides can be seen in
photos 2, 3 and 12. The neck is very straight and the instrument is very
playable with wonderful tone. The measurement from the low E string to the
fingerboard at the 12th fret is 3/16'', typical of a Martin from this
The case has its original paint and is a bit scuffed, but is very sound. It has
its original locking brass locking clasps, handle and lock mechanism. On the
inside of the case is a label which reads: C. F. Martin & Co.,
Manufacturers of Guitars, etc., Style of G. ''0'', No. of Qual.
''28''. The figures are written by hand in ink.
Martin did not begin to serialize their instruments until 1898. The only
markings within the body are two identical stamps as shown in photo 7. One is
on the neck block and the other, as shown, is directly below the sound hole.
With the exception of two small ''X's'' in pencil, there are no
markings underneath the top that I can see.
This guitar is sold (sold on 2008-10-18)
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