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Martin Style 2 Soprano Ukulele, 1940s

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Appearing in catalogs from 1919 to 1965, the Martin Style 2 Soprano, tenor and concert ukuleles were built with Mahogany for the body and neck, with Brazilian Rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge. At the end of production, Indian Rosewood was beginning to displace Brazilian. There were few changes made through the production history, notably in the binding and purfling material, the types of tuners and finish colour. At first, bindings were celluloid, and friction tuners were used. In 1923, Patent tuners were added and the finish was shifted to a dark stain. In 1927, black and white purfling was added (also celluloid) but in 1936 the last changes were made with a shift to Ivoroid bindings. Celluloid was fairly unstable, and tended to degrade over time – not to mention that it was highly flammable!

Here we’re looking at a Martin Style 2 Soprano Ukulele built during the 1940’s. Martin ukes tended to not have serial numbers, so dating can be imprecise. This example is in remarkably good, clean condition with light wear, mostly from strumming. It’s one of the best preserved we have seen from this era. It plays well, and has the warm open tone that a Mahogany top provides.

A modern, arched top hard shell case in black is included.


 

Price: $1,399.99 CAD
  • Model: Style 2 Ukulele
  • Year: 1942 | Approximate year
  • Finish Gloss Mahogany Stain
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: N/A, built during 1940's in Nazareth PA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 20/09/2022

  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: .66lbs .30kg
  • Scale Length: 346mm 13.622in
  • Nut Width: 36.20mm 1.425in
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