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Circa 1930 Martin Style 0 Soprano Ukulele Pre-War Collector-Grade w/ Case


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Up for sale, a circa 1930 Martin Style 0 soprano ukulele in collector-grade condition, complete with a vintage case. A notably clean, crack-free example, this uke embodies the quality, craftsmanship, and tone inherent in a Pre-War vintage Martin. Features including the bar frets, Martin logo stamped on the back of the peghead (pre-1932) and geared tuning machines (introduced on mahogany Martin ukes around 1928) date this particular instrument to a narrow 1929-32 window.

Sweet sounding and simple as can be with solid mahogany construction, few instruments are as charming and fun to play as a Martin Style 0. This uke features a Brazilian rosewood fretboard and is 100% original save for a replaced maple nut. Resonant, warm and clear, this ukulele has a great voice, with a clarity and roundness to single note lines that is classic Martin. Setup and strung with fresh nylon strings, this Martin frets easily and sounds great.

The mahogany neck has a slender profile, and the dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original bar frets which show just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The scale length measures 13 5/8“, and the maple nut is 1 3/8" in width. The original geared tuning machines turn smoothly and work as they should, and the Martin name is stamped on the back of the peghead.

The mahogany bridge sits flush with the top, complete with its original ebony saddle. The nylon strings sit at an ideal height, playing easily in all registers. The finish is 100% original with no touchups or overspray, and cosmetic wear is limited to some minor scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole

A vintage, presumably original chipboard case is included and equally as clean as the uke, with perfect leather stitching, functional latches, and the original molded handle.