C.F. Martin & Co created the world leading standard in ukuleles with their first production run beginning in 1916. The Model 1M Soprano was first introduced in 1918. It features a top, back and sides of rich solid mahogany, a 12 fret rosewood fingerboard with bar frets and original friction tuners.
This one was built by Martin in Nazareth PA. It is a stellar example of the Martin heritage and a testament to the continued success of the manufacturer.
· Martin Soprano ukulele
· Solid mahogany top, back and sides
· Select mahogany neck
· Solid rosewood fingerboard
· Small dot inlays
· 12 frets
· Rosewood friction tuning pegs
· Single bound top
· Natural finish
Length – 21″
Width – 6 1/4″
Depth – 2 1/4″
This lovely 1920’s Martin 1 M uke is in very good condition and will continue to stand the test of time. We know it was built in the 20s because the Martin logo is impressed into the back of the headstock, an attribute which changed by 1930. Tricky to see in the photos, but it’s there.
Martin knew that this soprano design was right from its very beginning in 1918. So naturally, they haven’t changed it much in over 100 years.
This one is in remarkable shape – original finish and structurally sound with no changes or repairs. No cracks or splits. Sounds loud, bright and lively.
The original friction tuners are surprisingly accurate and easy to use. One tuning peg is a little longer than the other three so it may have come from another instrument of similar vintage.
This is a rare opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of Martin history.
Comes in its original cardboard case in good condition.