Martin, 2-16, Guitar, c.1850
This early Martin guitar has the period neck block stamp and center brace stamps: C.F.MARTIN/NEW YORK. The spruce top is X-braced with a small pyramid bridge, with mahogany back and sides. The two-piece back has a simple back center strip and no back binding. The neck is ebonized with a cone heel, and an ebony fingerboard that has 12 frets to the body. The tapered headstock has the original ivory tuning pegs. The guitar is original in all of its parts but has various poorly restored old cracks and it was long ago refinished. Measurements: Length of back 18-5/16″, Lower Bout 12-3/16″, Center Bout 7″, Upper Bout 8-5/8″; depth of lower bout 4″, depth of upper bout 3-1/4″; Overall Length 36-5/8″; scale 24-3/8″, nut width 1-13/16″. New hard case. This instrument cannot be shipped internationally.
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