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Kyle23
01-03-2016, 01:47 AM
Hey guys, it's been far too long since I've posted. Glad to be back. Anyways, I need some help on this uke I found on craigslist. Seems as if this person isn't even sure if it's a Martin or not judging by the title of the ad. Does anyone know anything about this uke and if this is a good deal or not? It's in my town and I never see anything worth looking at from my city on there, so this caught my eye -

https://buffalo.craigslist.org/msg/5308105589.html

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Also, I don't think I've ever seen a Martin where the neck directly meets with the body.

rpfrogner
01-03-2016, 02:22 AM
It does not look like one to me. I wonder what that other stamp says (can see the last few letters in the upper right hand of the sound hole photo)?

Kyle23
01-03-2016, 02:36 AM
It does not look like one to me. I wonder what that other stamp says (can see the last few letters in the upper right hand of the sound hole photo)?

Ahhhhh good question. I didn't even see that.

Buc-a-Roo
01-03-2016, 03:17 AM
Certainly does not look to be a Martin build. No fingerboard, squarish bridge shape, heel shape, single binding on body front...........this does not indicate Martin despite the ink stamp inside. However if it's in good condition, plays well and you like it by all means negotiate a price and enjoy!

ScooterD35
01-03-2016, 05:43 AM
Absolutely, 100% certain it is not a Martin. Google vintage Martin soprano and look at the images. Among other things, in virtually every picture you can clearly see the middle back brace with the stamp through the sound hole. Not so in the Craigslist pics.

You can find a much better non-Martin vintage Uke for $200, imp.


Scooter

mm stan
01-03-2016, 05:47 AM
Definitely not a martin...

river_driver
01-03-2016, 08:10 AM
Not a Martin. That back wood looks like birch. For that matter, the soundboard looks like birch too. Did Martin ever build ukes with anything other than mahogany and koa?

Also, the "Martin" stamp looks inked, and badly. Do I remember correctly that real Martin stamps were heat branded?

If it's in playable condition, it might be a $75 uke on a good day.

spongeuke
01-03-2016, 09:14 AM
Not very enthused about that non Martin

Vintageukes
01-03-2016, 10:51 AM
Do I remember correctly that real Martin stamps were heat branded?

You are correct, they hot stamped inside, not ink.

coolkayaker1
01-03-2016, 11:00 AM
I didn't even open the link and I agree with my peers below. They say it's not a Nartin, it's not a Nartin.

Welcome back, Kyle123

Kyle23
01-03-2016, 03:05 PM
Thought I found a gem haha, maybe next time. I literally know nothing about old Martins, but I know a little bit more now.

ScooterD35
01-03-2016, 03:20 PM
Thought I found a gem haha, maybe next time. I literally know nothing about old Martins, but I know a little bit more now.

If you want to learn more, the definitive book on them by Tom Walsh and John King is a great read!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Martin-Ukulele-Little-Instrument/dp/1476868794


Scooter

coolkayaker1
01-03-2016, 03:39 PM
Thought I found a gem haha, maybe next time. I literally know nothing about old Martins, but I know a little bit more now.

Good that you asked; saved yourself a skinning. 🤕🤕