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Style3Ben
10-16-2017, 01:58 AM
Hi All.

I noticed this ukulele on a certain online auction site when it was first listed, and after looking at the photo's thought "That's a terrible copy"

However, It's now currently been bidded up to over £300 GBP ($400).

Am I missing something? It has a sprayed on martin logo on the head, wrong shape 'moustache' shape at bottom of fingerboard and the bridge looks wrong.

What does everyone else think?

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OLD-MAHOGANY-CONCERT-UKULELE-/232517283370?hash=item36231c2e2a:g:Yt0AAOSwa9NZ21T e

Take Care,

Ben.

JesterBlod
10-16-2017, 03:44 AM
I know next to nothing about Martins. But, having looked again, i think you are correct.
The seller, hasn't originally named it s a Martin - but is a regular seller of Ukes, so I think they might know its not quite right.
Don't like that they have added the comment at the bottom of the ad themselves that someone else has said its a Martin....
Smells funny.... but I hope that I am wrong - and its a really really rare one!

actadh
10-16-2017, 04:14 AM
Looks like a Martin SO model - perhaps strung through the body.

Ukecaster
10-16-2017, 04:21 AM
End of fingerboard point looks different, and that saddle looks way too thick, bridge has sharp edges, not rounded off, like vintage Martins I've seen.

Rllink
10-16-2017, 04:23 AM
I'm not a Martin expert, so I just searched vintage Martin ukulele images and came up with dozens of pictures of vintage Martin ukuleles that look exactly like that one, including the bridge.

strumsilly
10-16-2017, 04:30 AM
hard to tell from the pics. I'd like to see if it has the Martin hot stamp inside and that's what I'd ask of the seller if I was interested. They used really nice mahog on the old ones too, and that grain doesn't look quite right to me.

UkerDanno
10-16-2017, 04:32 AM
The end of the fretboard is a little different than my 1930's Style 0, but...
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Pukulele Pete
10-16-2017, 04:36 AM
No doubt in my mind , this uke is an obvious fake.:agree:

70sSanO
10-16-2017, 05:07 AM
It is listed as a concert ukulele, which may explain differences or refute authenticity. However the seller said there is no stamp on the inside so it was not listed a Martin. The lack of any markings on the inside probably seals the deal that it is not a real Martin. But I'm not knowledgable enough on Martins. It would have to be played to determine its value rather than for collectibility.

John

Ukecaster
10-16-2017, 05:14 AM
Sure look different to me:

40's Martin neck end
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This supposed Martin
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40s Martin bridge
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This supposed Martin bridge
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strumsilly
10-16-2017, 09:21 AM
Sure look different to me:

40's Martin neck end
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This supposed Martin
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40s Martin bridge
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This supposed Martin bridge
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yea, the fretboard end was either straight[ like my 50's tenor], or like your first pic. the bridge could have been replaced, but probably not the fretboard. I could be wrong but I vote fake.

spongeuke
10-16-2017, 08:54 PM
It is not a Martin now and probably never was. Too many things are off. I hope the buyer gets a good sound out of it and many years of enjoyment, that is what is really important.

Style3Ben
10-16-2017, 09:42 PM
As Spongeuke says I hope it at least sounds nice! That money would go a fair way towards a nice 50's Martin, not a concert but certainly a soprano.

JesterBlod
11-19-2017, 05:50 AM
Its back up for sale again - same seller, so prior sale must've fallen through. Not named as a Martin this time - but its definitely the same uke.

Graham Greenbag
11-19-2017, 08:52 AM
Its back up for sale again - same seller, so prior sale must've fallen through. Not named as a Martin this time - but its definitely the same uke.

Thanks for alerting us. I wonder whether it might be a marriage of parts or the result of a major salvage job. The neck might be genuine but with a new fretboard and the body repaired or with a new bridge. The label is missing but perhaps it was intentially removed by an earlier owner or repairer because the instrument is not completely original.

Itís now listed as an old mahogany Concert and ends on 25th November.