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    Default NUD: 1919 Martin Style 1M

    Well, there is some happiness here in the midst of this pandemic. Today I received a 1919 Martin Style 1M. This is one of Dave's rescues, and is a very cool little uke. He did a great job bringing it back from the brink. The back was compromised, so Dave needed to add a rosewood binding on the back to make it work. I tuned it up and played it only for a few minutes, it sounds great, with a nice low action. I haven't had a standard size sop for a while, and forgot just how tiny these little guys are...tiny in size, but surely not in sound. Luckily, this one's specs are right up my alley: 36.75mm nut width, and 29.6mm string spread at the nut, providing great playability for me.

    I'm a bit leery it may have dried out on the trip from CA, so I have placed it in a HSC with a Planet Waves humidifier, a damp sponge in baggie and a hydro meter. I'm going to give it a good drink for a while, and get the humidity levels up before I do too much with it. Getting acquainted will be a lot of fun.

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    Good for you, enjoy. I'm still enjoying the bamboo uke I got a few weeks ago, played it all evening while watching TV.


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    John, as you know (from our messages) my rescued Martin 2 from Dave is a delight. I strongly recommend giving it time to settle (like a bottle of wine you’ve had shipped to your home). The wait will be worth it. It’s a gorgeous uke, in any event.
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    Thanks Rick, yes, I'm sure it will settle in a bit and recover from the long trip. I moved it overnight into my large humidifier, a shallow locking plastic container, with very wet sponges in a recycled yogurt tub. This got humidity up to about 60%, so I'll do this for a few days, before reverting to normal in-case humidification. If I let it go, levels can get into the high 70s in there. I can already feel that the slight fret sprout is receding.

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    Looks great, John, enjoy!

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    Still the holy grail, aren't they?
    Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Still the holy grail, aren't they?
    Congrats!
    Yes, they are terrific instruments. The good part is that they made a considerable number of them. While there are some that are really pricey, if you keep your eyes open and are willing to accept a "well loved" instrument that may have a few cosmetic issues it is possible to find some real bargains.

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    Oh fantastic! I'd love one of these
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Still the holy grail, aren't they?
    Congrats!
    Agreed, and thanks all. I've had 5 vintage Martins over the years, and each has been consistently great. I opted for Martin M600 strings, for just a bit more sweet jangle than the Worth Browns that came on it.
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    Looking forward to hearing it!

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