1916 Style 1
Martin Ukulele

© Frank Ford 2004; Photos by FF

This excellent example of the earliest production series of Martin ukuleles is loaded with interesting features not found on later instruments. Notice the more "primitive" lines, especially around the heel of the neck. The fingerboard was installed before the fret slots were cut, and the frets seat well below the glue joint between the fingerboard and neck. The bridge is a one-piece construction with an integral saddle, the tuning pegs are plain hardwood. Martin ukes made during this early period were the only ones that had serial numbers. Even the linings are simple rough rectangular strips.

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