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02-12-2013, 03:51 PM
Wandering YouTube I caught this track, anyone know what he is playing here? It's 6 steel string ukulele shaped...?

YouTube clip of Eddie vedder playing man I the hour from his dvd

02-12-2013, 04:36 PM
I think it is a Martin 0-18.

02-12-2013, 09:01 PM
If it is tuned ADGCEA, it classifies as a requinto or a guitarlele. Lotsa fun!!

02-12-2013, 11:03 PM
That's far too small to be an 0-sized guitar. I'm not sure what it is, though.

02-13-2013, 12:36 AM
Its just a short scale, mini guitar or travel guitar. It could be a Martin Mini although there appear to be a few detail differences. He could have an early one.


02-13-2013, 01:39 AM
I have a Martin 0-18VS This appears to be a larger instrument.

02-13-2013, 02:00 AM
Different shirt same guitar? At the bottom of the page.


Surprised to be saying this, but different guitar and a different shirt. I read elsewhere it is a size 5 or terz guitar. Anyone know anything about these?

02-13-2013, 03:36 AM
I read elsewhere it is a size 5 or terz guitar. Anyone know anything about these?

Before they developed the standard dreadnought guitar, Martin guitar models were numbered by size, with the bigger guitars getting the smaller numbers. The 5 series was one of the smallest, and the ) the biggest. As guitars kept getting bigger, they ran out of numbers, so you had the 00, 000, and 0000. Fortunately, they eventually gave up on adding zeros and came up the the OM (Orchestra Model), D (Dreadnought), J (Jumbo).

Here's a 5-18:


Marty Robbins was famous for playing a 5-18:


Not too long ago, Martin revived the 5's with a 5-15, but they make it anymore.

- FiL