View Full Version : 1920's Martin 3K soprano

08-18-2015, 07:19 PM
You all know what this one is. The most beautiful ukulele design ever conceived, which also happens to be unparalleled in sound and playability (it's a Martin). This uke features beautiful flamed Koa; original finish with lots of scratches & dings; multi-ring rosette; mahogany neck; 17-fret ebony fretboard with skunk stripe and diamond shaped inlays; koa bridge; bone nut and saddle; barrel tuners. Ivoroid parend below bridge. 3 top cracks were repaired with hide glue prior to my taking ownership. Previous owner also had the string slots filled with koa, to hold strings. Two hairlines and various dings on back, and the typical tiny stress cracks at the waist (none of which were disclosed to me when I purchased it, but I kept it anyway, because it's a treasure). Binding near parend is cracked in two places, as pictured. Bar frets are in good condition. Play wear at upper bout (you'll know why when you hear it). The uke sounds fantastic and is ready to play. It also has mojo up the wazoo. Martin called the style 3 their professional line, and the 3K was top of that line. Here are plenty of pictures. Vintage hardshell case has seen better days, but is still very cool. In the first pic the handle is fully attached, but has since come loose on one side. Despite the repairs, dings and scratches, this is a beautiful ukulele, and will make someone extraordinarily happy to play it. I'm sorry to see it go.

REDUCED- $1,950, shipped and insured to the continental US. (Paypal gift, or buyer pays Paypal fees).
Thanks for looking!

08-18-2015, 07:21 PM
A few more pics. 8264682647826488264982650

08-18-2015, 07:24 PM
And a couple more.8265382654

Hippie Dribble
08-18-2015, 08:37 PM
Oh. My. God.

08-18-2015, 08:43 PM
Oh. My. God.

08-18-2015, 09:49 PM
You're killing me with these ukes Ernie. I've wanted every one you've listed!! We have similar taste!

08-19-2015, 12:19 AM
Ernie! What a UKE!


08-19-2015, 05:35 AM
Steve- that's hilarious!
Matt- you have good taste!

08-19-2015, 12:51 PM

08-19-2015, 01:01 PM
I wish it was a 3M...

08-19-2015, 01:53 PM
I wish it was a 3M...

I have one I'd sell you, Hans.

08-19-2015, 01:54 PM
HBolte- funny you should mention that...

08-19-2015, 01:55 PM
This is Ernie's thread, Hans. You should buy his 3M.

(Ernie, you have one of everything!)

08-19-2015, 03:22 PM
Not for long!!!

08-19-2015, 03:30 PM
Spectacular Uke. hope you find that job soon so you have something to play!

08-20-2015, 05:34 AM
Thanks Sam. No worries. I have a few "cold dead hands ukes" that I plan to hold on to. Thanks!

08-20-2015, 07:44 AM
Thanks Sam. No worries. I have a few "cold dead hands ukes" that I plan to hold on to. Thanks!

Ha! I like that "Cold Dead Hands Ukes" ... good to know. Best to you, Ernie.

08-20-2015, 12:12 PM
Reduced price!

08-20-2015, 12:35 PM
There are a couple of scratches beneath the bridge, and I wanted to take a good photo of them, as compared to the (repaired) crack. The two marks to the left are scratches- not cracks. I just don't there to be any surprises for the buyer. Thanks!

08-22-2015, 06:05 AM
Thank you Sam!

08-25-2015, 10:24 PM
Bump and reduced price. $2,150, shipped and insured (Paypal gift, or buyer pays Paypal fees).

09-01-2015, 05:25 AM
$1,950, shipped and insured (Paypal gift, or buyer pays Paypal fees).

09-01-2015, 06:36 PM
Ernie -- PM sent.

04-26-2016, 04:33 AM
Oops! Should've closed this last year!