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Martin 2 1/2-17 Parlor Guitar - Over 130 Years Old Antique Restoration Project For Sale
Please see my pictures to identify this guitar for yourself. I've done a little research and I'm pretty sure this is a Martin model 2 1/2-17 parlor guitar, probably built between 1860 and 1880 before there were serial numbers on Martins.I'm not an expert so please see my measurements and pictures to determine the exact model on your own. I tried putting a mirror inside to see if I could see a hand written date and could only find the initials A.D. This Martin is in rough shape and I'm selling it as is for restoration. It is a local Chicago estate find and includes the canvas/leather case seen in the pictures. The back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood, the top is spruce. Heal is the ice cream cone shape and the neck is ebonized (has several round divits on the back, see picture). The tuners and hardware appear to have been replaced. The entire finish appears to be original and has not been refinished. The back has one large crack and the top has several open cracks. One side has two very thin hairline cracks. The bridge appears to original, but cracked. The headstock appears to have a old glue repair just above the nut area on the side. The stamp on the inside of the guitar reads "C.F. Martin & Co. New York". The Martin 2 1/2-17 was categorized as a "Child's Guitar". The "2 1/2" represents the size and the "17" represents the price it sold for.Dimensions: Lower Bout - 11 3/4" Upper Bout - 8 3/8" Waist - 7" Body Length - 17 7/8" Overall Length - 36 1/4" Depth at Tail - 3 7/8" Depth at Heel - 3 1/4" String Scale - 24 1/4" Nut Width - 1 3/4" Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret - 2 1/4" Weight - 2.5 lbs.Selling as is, no returns. Shipping in the U.S. will be $45.00
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Martin 2 1/2-17 Parlor Guitar - Over 130 Years Old Antique Restoration Project: $1,236