Martin Usa 1931 Pre-war Vintage C-1 Archtop Carved Top Acoustic Guitar - Rare C1
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Martin Usa 1931 Pre-war Vintage C-1 Archtop Carved Top Acoustic Guitar - Rare C1:
1931 VINTAGE MARTIN C-1 ARCHTOP ACOUSTIC GUITARCarved Spruce Top, Mahogany Back & Sides, Professional SetupWORLDWIDE SHIPPING AVAILABLE
This is a vintage, pre-war 1931Martin C-1 acoustic guitar, made in Nazareth, PA, USA. This pre-war era Martin features acarved arch top; except for its carved top, the early style C-1 is essentially equivalent to a 000-18 Martin flat-top. The wood and ornamentation are the same as the 000-18's: solid Adirondack spruce top, mahogany back, side and neck, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and headstock overly, mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlay, and dark body binding.The 1931 C-1 guitars featured the round soundhole while later ones had F-holes (post 1933).
This particular guitar has an original body and neck (serial number on the inside dates it to 1931. The tuning keys are newer Grover open gears (which are identical to what was used originally), and has a replacement bridge. I believe the tailpiece is non-original as well, but Martin used a variety of tailpieces on the C-1. The original pickguard is not included (as you can see from the pictures, the guitar has two screw holes where the pickguard was originally mounted).
Although the Martin Guitar Company is currently best known as a maker of flat-top steel-string guitars, it has actually produced quite a wide variety of fretted instruments over the years. During the big band era of the 1930s, there was considerable demand for carved-top orchestral guitars, and Martin responded with the C-1 design. With the exception of its carved top, Martin's new model was essentially the same in construction as its flat-top guitars; this is in marked contrast to the guitars made by market leaders Gibson, Epiphone, D'Angelico, Stromberg, etc. Martin carved-top guitars have a fine sound which seems to combine the characteristics of flat-top and orchestral-type f-hole guitars and were more expensive than their flat-top models at the time of their debut. Martin discontinued production of carved-top guitars after 1942. Today these instruments are quite scarce. Features:
- Body Size: 000
- Body Width: 15"
- Top: Carved Spruce
- Back & Sides: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Scale Length: 25.25"
- Nut width: 1.75"
- Nut: Bone (replacement)
- Tail Piece: Trapeze (replacement)
- Bridge: Rosewood w/rosewood saddle (replacement)
- Tuners: Grover Open Gear (replacement)
- Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
- Headstock Overlay: Brazilian
- Inlay: MOP dot
- Binding: Black
- Weight: 3 lbs, 8 oz.
This guitar is used but in Good Condition, expecially considering it's age. There are some thin cracks on the top surface as pictured; these have been repaired and inspected by a luthier with 20+ years of experience. The repairs are stable and are guaranteed not to move. There is some cosmetic wear on the headstock, back of the neck and along the sides of the neck, all from normal use. There is a patch on the left side of the body where the previous owner had cut out a square and then repaired it with the original piece (as pictured). One of the 12th fret dot inlays is missing.
The neck is straight and has been reset (all vintage Martins will need to have this done eventually as they do not have adjustable truss rods - a neck reset is the only way to adjust the action). The guitar has also been professionally refretted - the action is low and the guitar plays beautifully. A non-original hard case will be included (these guitars originally came in cheap chipboard cases). The guitar will be packed securely and fully insured.
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