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oldrookie
10-30-2010, 09:54 AM
Thought you might like to see this. A friend was telling me about a uke he bought about 10 years ago at a garage sale. $5.00.

Had it sitting above his fireplace for about 8 years. No date on it that I can see. Stamped on the inside with the Martin name.

Any ideas as to how old, etc.?

http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll288/oldrookie_2008/Martin%20Uke/DSC_0551.jpg
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll288/oldrookie_2008/Martin%20Uke/DSC_0550.jpg
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll288/oldrookie_2008/Martin%20Uke/DSC_0547.jpg

Chris Tarman
10-30-2010, 10:06 AM
With the decal on the headstock, it's later than (I believe) 1932. It's hard to narrow it down more than that without seeing what the tuners look like. Nice score for your friend! I'd also like to see if it's a Style 0 or a Style 1. Does it have tortoise binding on the body and 2 dots at the 7th fret? If so, it's a Style 1. If no body binding and only 1 dot on the 7th fret, it's a Style 0. Either way, at $5, well... just "Wow".

oldrookie
10-30-2010, 10:17 AM
Can help a bit...shots were a bit out of focus, so I didn't include them in the first go round.

http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll288/oldrookie_2008/Martin%20Uke/DSC_0546.jpg
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll288/oldrookie_2008/Martin%20Uke/DSC_0548.jpg

Chris Tarman
10-30-2010, 11:24 AM
Ok, it's a Style 0 with the same tuners that my '50s Style 1 has. I would say it's somewhere between the late '40s and mid '60s, but it's kind of hard to narrow it down much more than that. It looks like it's in great shape. Does your friend play it at all?

oldrookie
10-30-2010, 11:58 AM
Nope. Doesn't play a lick.

I tried to give it a go this afternoon, but no tuner available.

He did finally buy a case for it and get it out of the family room (three rambunctious kids) after he was told it was worth "several hundred dollars."

It really is in excellent shape (at least on cursory glance...I was running late and only had a few minutes with it.)

I'll probably get a chance to play it again later and I'll take my tuner with me.

mm stan
10-30-2010, 12:52 PM
Aloha OldRookie,
Nice style "O"...does he want to sell....would be intrested....MM Stan..

oldrookie
10-30-2010, 01:50 PM
Not sure, but I'll check into it. I'll see him tomorrow.

mm stan
10-30-2010, 01:54 PM
Aloha oldrookie,
Thanks, let me know.....MM Stan
You can PM me...

Chris Tarman
10-30-2010, 04:40 PM
Nope. Doesn't play a lick.

I tried to give it a go this afternoon, but no tuner available.

He did finally buy a case for it and get it out of the family room (three rambunctious kids) after he was told it was worth "several hundred dollars."

It really is in excellent shape (at least on cursory glance...I was running late and only had a few minutes with it.)

I'll probably get a chance to play it again later and I'll take my tuner with me.

I told this story in a thread a couple of months ago, but I have an acquaintance in town who also doesn't play ukulele at all. He has a '40s Martin Style 3 that he found in an attic. Gah!!! It tortures me to know that it is just hanging on his living room wall. I made him a decent offer, but he wasn't sure if he wanted to sell it. He assured me that if he decided to sell, I would get first crack at it. I'm letting it ferment in his mind a bit.

oldrookie
11-07-2010, 04:16 PM
Talked with the owner today. He's going to hang on to it.

mm stan
11-07-2010, 04:43 PM
Talked with the owner today. He's going to hang on to it.

Aw shucks....I would too....thanks for the update, keep me updated if he changes his mind...
would like any gentle persuation be accepted and work....like christmas money!!! he he only kidding...

Dane
11-07-2010, 05:14 PM
Aw shucks....I would too....thanks for the update, keep me updated if he changes his mind...
would like any gentle persuation be accepted and work....like christmas money!!! he he only kidding...

One might say that you're addicted........

mm stan
11-07-2010, 06:53 PM
One might say that you're addicted........
Aloha Dane,
You know I need a Martin Style "O" fix..he he

Dane
11-07-2010, 07:35 PM
Aloha Dane,
You know I need a Martin Style "O" fix..he he

I've never had the chance to play a martin uke, but I do say I quite like their look.

salukulady
11-07-2010, 07:42 PM
But it such a crime it doesn't get played.....what good is it if it just hangs there. That's so wrong. I don't care how beautiful or expensive an instrument is, if it's not played it's not being properly loved.

salukulady
11-07-2010, 07:45 PM
I've never had the chance to play a martin uke, but I do say I quite like their look.I had an out of town friend trust me to bring her 1930's Martin home with me so I could take it to a luthier I know to be restored. I played it afterwards for a few day before I returned it. It played like buttah.

Dane
11-07-2010, 08:58 PM
But it such a crime it doesn't get played.....what good is it if it just hangs there. That's so wrong. I don't care how beautiful or expensive an instrument is, if it's not played it's not being properly loved.

Agreed, so OP needs to tell their friend to start learning or their Martin might go "missing"

oldrookie
11-08-2010, 12:30 AM
I'll take mine next time I go over and show his son (12-years old) a few chords. He seemed pretty interested in it. He's also far more likely to take care of the uke than most 20 year-olds. He survived brain cancer at 6 years of age and grew up far more quickly than most kids.

salukulady
11-08-2010, 02:11 AM
I'll take mine next time I go over and show his son (12-years old) a few chords. He seemed pretty interested in it. He's also far more likely to take care of the uke than most 20 year-olds. He survived brain cancer at 6 years of age and grew up far more quickly than most kids.Perfect .

mm stan
11-08-2010, 03:36 AM
I'll take mine next time I go over and show his son (12-years old) a few chords. He seemed pretty interested in it. He's also far more likely to take care of the uke than most 20 year-olds. He survived brain cancer at 6 years of age and grew up far more quickly than most kids.
Aloha Old Rookie,
I'd say that's an awesome idea,,,,taking yhour uke over to his kid and motivate and inspire him to play....maybe one day that uke will sound like butta in his hands...hopefully.....Cool idea man!!!
Let me say, if you find the right Martins, they sound like no other....it's small and light..with a sweet voice....that cannot be beat.....MM Stan..
and Salukulady.....it must have been fun and sweet playing that Martin...betcha you had your finga's so tight holding on to it while giving it back....I sure would!! he he...

salukulady
11-08-2010, 03:47 AM
Salukulady.....it must have been fun and sweet playing that Martin...betcha you had your finga's so tight holding on to it while giving it back....I sure would!! he he...I knew it was going to be played and loved, so it was okay. It had been her mothers uke. When she had it restored she had the luthier leave her mothers name on it that her mom had scratched onto the back of the headstock. A true family heirloom.

SnakeOiler
11-08-2010, 06:34 AM
If you can get a dentist's mirror and look at the underside of the top, you can find the serial number to date it.

mm stan
11-08-2010, 03:27 PM
I knew it was going to be played and loved, so it was okay. It had been her mothers uke. When she had it restored she had the luthier leave her mothers name on it that her mom had scratched onto the back of the headstock. A true family heirloom.
I would have wanted to see her expression on her face when she got it back......priceless eh!!

Chris Tarman
11-08-2010, 04:03 PM
If you can get a dentist's mirror and look at the underside of the top, you can find the serial number to date it.

Martin ukuleles don't have serial numbers. Well, when they very first started making them they did but only for a little bit. The new ones have serial numbers. But during their heyday (1916-'60s), they Martin ukes had no numbers.

SnakeOiler
11-08-2010, 04:18 PM
Martin ukuleles don't have serial numbers. Well, when they very first started making them they did but only for a little bit. The new ones have serial numbers. But during their heyday (1916-'60s), they Martin ukes had no numbers.

We just went to the Martin factory on vacation this summer and the tour guide told my girl friend that she could find the number on the underside of the top. She has a style 1 that we believe is from the 50's. Everything I've tried to reseach seems to point to no numbers though.