View Full Version : Martin Style 0K on ebay??????

09-29-2012, 03:26 PM
Is this right?
Is this a martin style 0 made of koa? (http://www.ebay.com/itm/120992096957?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649)

Calling all martin experts here :)

09-29-2012, 03:40 PM
no one said it was koa, though it looks a little yellow in the pics.

09-29-2012, 03:43 PM
My guess is it's a flash-bulb that goofs the color.

Check out the grain on the headstock pic -- looks like mahogany.

09-29-2012, 03:54 PM
It looks like koa to me but Im not sure.
I dont see the bindings around the body but pictures are dark and small.
Is there actually a style 0K? or is it just a myth?

09-29-2012, 03:57 PM
I have never seen, nor heard of, a 0K. The 0 was a very basic uke. Mahogany only...

mm stan
09-29-2012, 05:43 PM
I am sure it is mahogany....as the did different finishes and or it has had a early refinish....mahogany is a light wood naturally unstained..

09-29-2012, 05:52 PM
As others have said, its mahogany. Doesn't look in too bad of a shape for the late 20's date, but those cracks would probably need repairing - I'd guess it will probably go upwards of $400 in the current market for these. The bridge string slots are certainly in better shape than the one I own; its common to see serious wear from years of restringing which can gouge out the slots.

09-29-2012, 05:58 PM
It has the 1-2-1 (5th-7th-10th) fretboard dot pattern of a style 1 and I think you can see the binding in the first pic.
You may be right about the koa, but it's not a style 0.

my 20s 1k (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=1220&attachmentid=30457) has the same pattern as this, and was the same dark color to boot. It looks like Mahogany in photos but it clearly isn't, especially after a little polishing up. This one could go either way.

My 20s Style 0M has single dots (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=1220&attachmentid=19049)

I'm not an expert at Martins in general, but those are my observations..

09-30-2012, 03:11 AM
Yes everyone is right about 0K's but this is a 1K. I bid it up this morning to about $100 below my limit just for fun but someone has a fairly high bid in there already.

09-30-2012, 10:21 AM
It got up into the $600s right quick..

09-30-2012, 01:10 PM
Yup, looks like a 1k.

Worth $1,500-ish in premium shape, which this one is NOT. The old koa ukes are much more brittle than mahogany, you need a good luthier to repair them properly.