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WhenDogsSing
06-07-2013, 11:51 AM
Does anyone know about when Martin tenors went from 12 fret to 14 fret necks? I have a 12 fret Martin tenor that I just put some Seaquar clear fluorocarbon fishing line on and it sure is sweet. I got to wondering when Martin changed them.

remy26
06-07-2013, 12:14 PM
According to this, I'm not sure anyone knows:

http://www.geocities.com/~ukulele/martin2.html

I have one that was advertised as being made in the '40s, but I'm not sure how true that may be. I also have a 12 fret that I bought from Gryphon that was made in the '40s and they have many of the same appointments so it could be true.

I prefer the tone and feel of my 14 fret personally, but it could just be due to the individual differences.

What strings are you currently using on yours? I have some nyltechs on mine, but I'm not sure that I like them very well. I've tried Worth Clear as well, but I still felt I could do better.

(Edit: Oops just reread your post and saw what strings you're using! :D )

Howie1947
06-07-2013, 03:22 PM
I have both 12 fret and 14fret. The both sound great. I do like the 14 fret a bit more than the 12. They are both great ! A little more uke in your hands playing the 14fret.

mm stan
06-07-2013, 03:23 PM
HMS has a 12 fret one right now.....shrrrrr :)

Howie1947
06-07-2013, 03:33 PM
Stan, do you know what they are asking for it? Also, I can't find a specific year that Martin started making the 14 Fret Tenor. I'm guessing in the 50s or 60s?

mm stan
06-07-2013, 03:40 PM
Stan, do you know what they are asking for it? Also, I can't find a specific year that Martin started making the 14 Fret Tenor. I'm guessing in the 50s or 60s?

Not Sure M,
I have no Idea but I know it's not the 60's for sure....HMS just got the martin in yesterday so it's a fresh one in....give Andrew a call if you are intrested...

Tim Mullins
06-07-2013, 06:13 PM
Does anyone know about when Martin tenors went from 12 fret to 14 fret necks? I have a 12 fret Martin tenor that I just put some Seaquar clear fluorocarbon fishing line on and it sure is sweet. I got to wondering when Martin changed them.

My 14-fret Martin tenor has no "Made in USA" stamp, so it was made before 1962. Based on the information in this thread http://theunofficialmartinguitarforum.yuku.com/reply/1495238/How-to-date-Martin-T1#reply-1495238 on the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum, my best guess is that the change was between 1955 and 1961.

dismount
06-07-2013, 07:09 PM
The 14 fret I have was originally bought in 1958 according to old owners.

ukukuku
06-08-2013, 11:12 AM
The change occurred in mid 1960.

ichadwick
06-08-2013, 02:35 PM
More fretboard space = ukulele love. Twelve frets aren't enough...

Tim Mullins
06-11-2013, 01:51 PM
The change occurred in mid 1960.

And now we know the answer from the man who literally wrote the book on the Martin ukulele! Thanks, Tom!