This vintage Martin 1-26 was made in 1890 -- and it's got a very interesting backstory. This instrument was custom ordered by Franz Sulzner, a close friend of the Martin family (a reference to him can be found in Philip Gura's book, C.F. Martin & His Guitars). This guitar features an ivory-bound fingerboard and two mother-of-pearl fretboard dots, which would not have been found on other Martins of the period. The guitar is all-original except for finely-crafted replacement bridge. Like all Martins from this period, the guitar is exceptionally light, and one marvels at the fact that it's still together. A testament not only to Martin's craftsmanship but the wealth of wonderfully seasoned, eons-old wood that was available during those times. There are two long-ago-repaired top cracks (excellent work), but otherwise this guitar is remarkably clean for a 125-year-old instrument. Gorgeous, woody sound, and a delicate voice. On consignment--no trades.

1 7/8" nut width

Year Condition Case
1890 Very Good Hard

The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
5:00 AM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

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