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custom Martin ukulele
I imported this uke from the USA in 2011
from an estate sale, and there is an interesting story
behind it. The man who owned it worked at the Martin
factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in the 1930s-40s, and
apparently employees were allowed to make instruments for
themselves but were not allowed to brand them as Martin.
He wanted a ukulele with a wider fretboard and so he made
this instrument. It also features a slightly larger
bridge with bone saddle as opposed to ebony. There is a
crack next to the soundhole that has been repaired and a
couple of other hairline cracks that are repaired and
stable. It has been refinished at some point in
nitrocellulose lacquer. The fingerboard is rosewood with
bar frets, which would suggest it was made before 1942
but I am no Martin expert. The body and neck are made
from mahogany with WBWBW purfling around the sound hole.
Tuners are vintage grover.
|I have done some research and the story about employees making their own unbranded instruments seems to be true. In any case it is most certainly an old and lovely sounding soprano ukulele. Comes with modern fitted case.||
Buyer to pay shipping/insurance from Chesterfield (UK).
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