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1950s C. F. Martin Style 1 Tenor Ukulele

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

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. It is of all mahogany construction except for the rosewood bridge and fingerboard. The top is bound with faux tortoise plastic and the rosette is a simple black-white purfling arrangement, BWBWB. It is on good playing condition and while it has expected play and usage wear, it is structurally sound. Small cracks in the top and back have been sealed. 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.

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Price: $1298 CAD
  • Model: Style 1 Tenor Ukulele
  • Year: 1950 | Approximate year
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: N/A, built during the late 1940s or early 1950s at the C. F. Martin plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 04/05/2017

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