C.F. Martin 1894 0-42
Beautiful original condition style 42. At the time, this was the top of the Martin line.
Tuning pegs, pyramid style bridge, nut, saddle, top and back body
binding, and fingerboard binding all made of ivory. An abalone pearl
border is inlaid on the top of the guitar. An
additonal connecting link of pearl is inlaid around the end of the
fingerboard, and abalone is also inlaid into the soundhole ring,
as well as the ivory bridge pins, end pin, and button on the back of
the headstock. Beautiful wood marquetry with arrow design in
backstripe. The back and sides are French Polished Brazilian
Rosewood, the top is red spruce, and the fingerboard is simple ebony,
without inlays, as was customary at the time. Dove tail joined
headstock and neck with volute. Scalloped X style braces.
Serial numbers were not given to Martin guitars until 1898. The
date 1894 is handwrtitten on the underside of the top. "C. F.
Martin & Co. New York" is stamped inside the guitar on the neck
block and on the center strip inside the back. "C. F. Martin
& Co. Nazareth, PA" is stamped on the back of the headstock.
This guitar is illustrated in "The Martin Book: A Complete History of
Martin Guitars" by Walter Carter, as well as the book "Martin
Guitars: An Ilustrated Celebration of America's Premier Guitarmaker" by
Jim Washburn and Richard Johnston.
Wahburn & Johnston