|Title:||Vintage Martin Ukulele|
|Description:||Vintage Martin Ukulele|
|Condition:||It appears to be in very good condition. There are a couple minor scrapes and dings from use. I do not see any cracks or repairs.|
|Appraised By:||Julie Horvath|
Here is some history on the CF Martin Guitar Co.
At the time European craftsmen operated under the guild system. The guitar (in its modern form) was a relatively recent instrument, and most guitar makers were members of the Cabinet Makers Guild. The Violin Makers Guild began to claim exclusive rights to manufacture musical instruments. Although the cabinet makers successfully defended their rights to build guitars, Martin decided that the guild system was too restrictive, and in 1833 he moved to New York City. Apparently uncomfortable with the pace and style of big-city life, by 1838 he had moved his operation to Nazareth.
In the 1850's Martin developed one of its major technological innovations for the guitar, the "X bracing" system. AThe growing popularity of the guitar in the early 1900s, fueled by the growing popularity of folk music and country and western music, led to a demand for louder and more percussive guitars. This led to many companies beginning to string their guitars with metal instead of catgut. These became known as steel-string guitars, and Martin began concentrating on this type of guitar by 1921.
The company's reputation and production continued to grow. Forays into mandolin making in the late 1890s and ukulele making in the 1920s greatly contributed to their expansion, and by 1928 they were making over 5000 instruments per year. However, the Great Depression quickly had a drastic effect on sales, and Martin came up with two further innovations in an attempt to regain business.
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