FRETS.COM New Instrument Review
November 27, 2000

The original "baby" guitar
Martin "Terz"

© Frank Ford, 2000; Photos by FF

Introduced before the Civil War, the Martin size "5" guitar was originally sold as a "terz," and tuned a third higher than a regular guitar. In recent years the size 5 has also been called "3/4 size," with the assumption that it would be good for kids.

Back in the catalog as a special reissue, this size 5 guitar is again being marketed as a terz. It's small size and short scale (around 22 inches) is perfect for the higher tuning. This one is a rosewood model with style "28" appointments with the addition of abalone inlay around the soundhole.

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