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Gruhn Guitars, 1830s Martin

1830s Martin Presentation

C.F. Martin spent only seven years at 196 Hudson St. in New York - from his arrival in America in 1833 until his move to Martin's current location in Nazareth, PA, in 1839. But he made some of the most stunning instruments in the history of American guitars during that period, exemplified by this presentation guitar.

Among its features are an ivory fingerboard, pearl and abalone inlay on top, ivory bridge, Stauffer-style headstock, clock-key neck adjustment and Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Herringbone trim, which would become the trademark of Martin's classic D-28 in the 20th century, borders the sides and back. The printed label has the 196 Hudson St. address and includes a handwritten serial number. This instrument is very similar to the guitar illustrated on page 6 of The Chinery Collection.

This guitar (inv. #AB7052) shows normal playing wear on the top but overall cosmetics are exceptionally good for a guitar of this age. It is SOLD

This instrument is SOLD

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