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Bumgardner
10-19-2013, 10:07 AM
Update Pics added on page 2!

This morning I was at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, just browsing around, then I saw it a 1950s Martin Style 0. Well they had several, but one of them just hit me. It is a beat up ukulele with a stripped finish, and a few top and side cracks. It however plays amazingly well. The action on it is perfect, super low, and the intonation is perfect (according to my best tuner it is less than 1c off at the 12th fret).

I played all of the vintage style 0s in the store and this had the best tone. I talked to them about stabilizing one of the cracks on the back, but they recommended leaving the crack alone, they thought the tone was too good to mess with the crack.

Anyway here are some pics from the Gruhn website
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teruterubouzu
10-19-2013, 10:23 AM
Congratulations! I like that it has been loved.

Gruhn is high on my list of sites to see when I get a chance to visit Nashville.

Bumgardner
10-19-2013, 10:29 AM
Gruhn is a great store. I have been buying from them for the last decade. Their new location is awesome, it is way bigger and has tons of free parking.

ukuleledaveey
10-19-2013, 11:24 AM
congrats on your purchase i to hope to one day own the holy grail :)

PhilUSAFRet
10-19-2013, 11:36 AM
Congrats. I too have an "O"...a pre-war one, a family heirloom. I call these things "the gold standard" for mahogany sopranos.

Peterjens
10-19-2013, 12:16 PM
I saw yours online when I was shopping a couple of weeks ago. Then a '60's 0 appeared on Craigslist and I pulled the trigger.
Have fun with it.

G Hill
10-19-2013, 02:51 PM
Congrats. There's nothing quite like a Vintage Martin, I know I love mine :)
Cheers
Gary

Bumgardner
10-19-2013, 02:59 PM
Can anyone recommend a good cheap case for it?

Peterjens
10-22-2013, 07:39 PM
sent you a PM

Nickie
10-23-2013, 05:20 PM
Congratulations! I dream of owning one of these too!

mkatz
10-24-2013, 03:05 AM
Congratulations! I have one as well and am always amazed at the tone and volume that comes out of it.

Mitch

UkerDanno
10-24-2013, 08:16 AM
Can anyone recommend a good cheap case for it?

keep an eye out...I got one of these on sale for $25.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/musicians-gear-soprano-ukulele-case

I have a 30's style O and it's kind of beat up, but sounds great!

mm stan
10-24-2013, 10:00 AM
Congrats and welcome to the Martin Family..happy strummings...

Aaron@Randees
10-24-2013, 11:38 AM
Congrats! My Mid 30's Style 1 Martin has a crack in the back, similar to the one your's has. The man I bought it from has had it since the late 50's and the crack was there when he got it. So I figure it's probably going to be ok during my lifetime too :)

Bumgardner
10-24-2013, 02:13 PM
Thanks for the case recommendations. I actually ordered one a fee days ago and it arrived yesterday. I ordered a Stagg Tweed case. It looks super nice and has an excellent fit.

pdxuke
10-26-2013, 10:12 AM
Welcome home.

Bumgardner
01-22-2014, 03:24 PM
I think this thread deserves some more pictures!

http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s5/v121/p639767954.jpg
http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s9/v88/p697900550.jpg
http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s5/v121/p876547623.jpghttp://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s10/v102/p623044930.jpg

Bumgardner
01-22-2014, 03:25 PM
How about a few more?

http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s9/v89/p598074130.jpg
http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s5/v124/p819685561.jpg
http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s10/v113/p713419553.jpg
http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s10/v99/p734367546.jpg

Bumgardner
01-22-2014, 03:26 PM
Last ones...

http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s10/v115/p713566058.jpg
http://www.bumgardnernphoto.com/img/s5/v126/p579050628.jpg

allanr
01-22-2014, 03:40 PM
1) you were in Memphis
2) you were in Gruhns
3) you bought a uke there
4) It's a vintage Martin

CONGRATULATIONS on all counts!!!

UkerDanno
01-22-2014, 03:42 PM
awesome! try some Martins strings on it.

here's mine, it's not real pretty, but sounds amazing!
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fernandogardinali
01-22-2014, 11:51 PM
Congratulations! Welcome to the club!