A Survivor!
1913 Martin Style 6

© Frank Ford, 6/13/02; Photos by FF

Joy (my wife and the "Joy" in "FrankJoy") describes this delicate instrument as being so lightly built it felt as though she had "picked up an empty ostrich egg on a handle." Nonetheless this assembly of thin Brazilian rosewood strips, Honduran mahogany, African Ebony and Ivory, Spanish cedar and American spruce has survived 90 years in untouched original condition. Even the celluloid tuner buttons and celluloid pickguard are in perfect shape. I've included a couple of extra shots of the back so you can catch the beautifully fluted ribs, bordered with ivory inlay strips.

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