PDA

View Full Version : FS (UK): Vintage Martin Style 1 1950s



TheBathBird
06-26-2016, 12:17 AM
**********SOLD*********

This is a bit heartbreaking, but I've recently purchased a vintage Martin Style 3, and I simply cannot justify keeping this one.

It's in excellent original condition, no cracks or major dings (there are a couple of tiny nicks, which I caused in a clumsy incident involving a case latch :( ). It plays beautifully - sweet, barky, classic Martin. And the intonation is good all the way up the neck. The tuners work really well and hardly ever need adjusting once the strings have settled.

The guys at Southern Ukulele had a look at it recently and told me it's one of the best they've seen; in fact they advised me not to sell it, but hey ho, you can't have everything (apparently)! According to the King/Walsh Martin ukulele bible it was built in the 50's - it has T-frets and Waverley Hexnut tuners, but no "made in the USA" on the interior stamp. The only sign of its age it shows is a slight separation of the top binding at the waist. I'm told this is normal, and not a problem, and I'll include a photo that shows it.

It comes with an old (may or may not be original) case.

Asking 595 including uk shipping.

I've pretty much given up trying to get pics to post the right way up, I'm happy to send upright photos to anyone who wants to pm me their email address.

92140921419214392142

TheBathBird
06-26-2016, 12:22 AM
More pics:

9214492145921469214892147

TheBathBird
06-26-2016, 12:24 AM
A couple of photos showing the nicks caused by my incompetence:

9214992150

TheBathBird
06-26-2016, 12:30 AM
Here's a recent video, there are a couple of others on my youtube channel


http://youtu.be/E5kSJaFic50

Ukador
06-26-2016, 01:01 AM
May I ask you what's the action at the 1st and 12th fret ?

TheBathBird
06-26-2016, 01:42 AM
Hi Ukador, I'm not sure how one accurately measures action, but as far as I can tell it's a little under 3mm at the 12th. I'm struggling to get a measurement at the 1st, but maybe about 1.5 (if you slide a credit card under the strings below the nut, the first fret will hold it in place)

cml
06-26-2016, 02:04 AM
A straight steel ruler does the trick :)!

TheBathBird
06-26-2016, 05:47 AM
Ha, thanks cml! It would appear I am inadequately equipped for the task :(


A straight steel ruler does the trick :)!

coolkayaker1
06-26-2016, 04:58 PM
What a gorgeous Style 1! And so hard to locate and purchase in the U.K. What an opportunity for someone!

TheBathBird
06-26-2016, 08:03 PM
What a gorgeous Style 1! And so hard to locate and purchase in the U.K. What an opportunity for someone!

Thank you, Steve! It's not easy parting with this one :(

Camsuke
06-26-2016, 10:41 PM
Here's a recent video, there are a couple of others on my youtube channel


http://youtu.be/E5kSJaFic50

Beautifully played BB, that is one special uke!

TheBathBird
06-27-2016, 07:45 AM
Thank you, Campbell!

Ukador
06-27-2016, 09:51 AM
Make that a and I'll take it ;)

TheBathBird
06-27-2016, 08:23 PM
Thanks Ukador, but Sterling hasn't quite dropped low enough for that... yet!

TheBathBird
07-02-2016, 12:49 AM
A bump for this little fella before it goes on ebay tomorrow

TheBathBird
07-31-2016, 05:49 AM
Went off the boil a bit with this one, after my daughter came back from Asia with dengue fever and selling ukuleles slipped off my list of priorities!
Also, I no longer need the Gator Journeyman case I've always used for this uke, so I'm including it in the price for anybody who would like it instead of the original(?) one (obviously it's a much better case, cost about 60 new, and I don't think the old one has any real value).

TheBathBird
07-31-2016, 05:56 AM
Attempting slightly better photos... (sigh)

9303493035

TheBathBird
08-03-2016, 01:56 AM
SOLD. Thanks, UU.