Martin ukuleles are considered by many to be the finest ever made for craftsmenship and sound and a close look at a Martin ukulele will show their attention to detail. The 5K Uke is crafted with solid highly-flamed Hawaiian koa top, back and sides finished in. If you prefer not to have your question displayed publicly on this page, just let us know when you write us. One good way of dating old Martin ukuleles is the headstock. Answer: That is a great ukulele you have. Today these ukes are without peer and are some of the most highly sought after by collectors.
Dates may not be exact, but are based on several sources I have read, including magazine articles and actual Martin instrument catalogues. Konter snuck the ukulele aboard the plane that Byrd and his pilot Floyd Bennett flew over the pole. I can't tell if it is Hawaiian koa wood or mahogany - I'd guess koa but it is hard to say for sure from your photos. A big mahalo to and for allowing us to use several of their ukuleles. Your ukulele has strong Hawaiian characteristics including the style of neck construction, the Hawaiian koa wood body, and the rope style binding. Styles 3 and 5 were primarily for professional, with much more binding, fancy inlay in the neck and headstock, and a fret board that came all the way down to the soundhole. Body bound with rosewood, top bordered with black and white wood.
In 1952, Konter gave the ukulele to C. On Video This video, by ukulelezaza, has three different styles of Martin ukulele. I would guess that it was made in the early 1930s. However, less well informed sellers, such as on eBay or in junk shops, will often not know what style the uke is. The older Martin Ukuleles are considered by most to be the best. Martin Guitars enter your email address for martin newsletters.
Demand for older Martin ukes has increased dramatically in recent years, with some older fancy models selling in the thousands of dollars. Same as style 2 Ukes. The only bit of decoration is the simple ring around the sound hole. Style 1k: Same model and design, but body of Hawaiian koawood, finished natural color. Koa wood is much lighter than mahogany. Your ukulele looks like an early Japanese-made ukulele to me. I have seen a pretty good number of mandolinettos over the years, but yours is very unusual.
Judging by the case, I'm assuming it's also late 40's, early 50s. The book has excellent photographs on all types of ukuleles and the various models Martin has made through the years. I have a 1932 Carl Fischer catalog that includes this ukulele. After this, they had a decal on the front there was a slight overlap in these. I am more interested in the maker and history than the value, and it will stay in the family.
Date: February 23, 2011 Question: Hello. Can you give me any information on this Ukelele? Thank you for your website and this tremendous service!! The uke, like the later fads such as hula hoops and rollerblades, seemed to be everywhere. By May of 1928 the ukulele craze of the 1920s was dying out and I am guessing these were not made for long. It has 16 frets total. He easily cleared up my questions and this book is not rich with historical information it is also wonderfully and precisely written. For more information on C.
The label says made in Chicago. It was made between 1927 and the early 1930s. Had dark plastic binding in 1938. Tiki Kings Ukulele Database, Martin Brand Ukuleles Tiki King's Ukulele Database: Martin Established in 1833 by German emigre C. Edges and hole has inlay. I am also on Venmo! Beginning in 1929 the model numbers were marked on the neck block, inside the body. It is an exploration from Martin's first attempt at production in 1907, to the peaks of ukulele popularity in the 1920s and '50s, to the disinterest that caused Martin to cease ukulele production in the 1990s, to the recent resurgence that has allowed the firm to again offer a wide assortment of new models.
Binding for the Style 3 was a white plastic celluloid with a total of 7 alternating white and black lines. The neck appears to be maple and is very solidly attached. Your ukulele was made by the Harmony Company of Chicago in the 1930s. Drawing heavily from the extensive archives at the Martin factory, the book examines the company and its development, from production records, sales ledgers, and a vast collection of correspondence to hundreds of photos, including many of the rarest ukuleles the company produced. There are two primary items to look at to determine the Style, the 7th fret marker and the bindings.
The koa ukuleles were identical to the mahoganey ukuleles in size and trimmings, the only difference being the substitution of koa wood. The bindings are also distinctive. I would guess yours is from around the mid 1920s. He was also the author of a couple of very popular books, Dick's Ukulele Method and Dick's Improved Ukulele Method. I was surprised to find out about a Brooklyn company in the 20s called Turturro's. They then switched to decals on the front of the headstock. I would guess your ukuleles were both made in the late 1920s or early 1930s.
I have seen an ad for the Band-o-uke but I have never before seen an existing example. Such loyalty meant that Martin continued to offer high quality ukuleles long after every other American manufacturer had abandoned them altogether. Ask our team of specialists a question. These usually allow the time frame to be narrowed down to about a five year window. Any idea of ball park value? The Stewart Company grew quickly in the second half of the 1920s. . His reply was that sales of the little ukulele had supported the Martin company more than once, and so it deserved to stay.