C. F. Martin Style 0 Soprano Ukulele (1960s)

C. F. Martin  Style 0 Soprano Ukulele  (1960s)
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C. F. Martin Style 0 Model Soprano Ukulele (1960s), made in Nazareth, PA, natural mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

This is a very nice example of a later 1960s Martin Style 0 ukulele, the company's most basic model. Typical distinguishing features of this era are the longer headstock with a small Martin decal and tuners and rounded plastic buttons and a short shaft. Although these little ukes were Martin's least expensive instrument, they are always built to the company's usual standard and are still considered among the best-sounding ukuleles ever manufactured. This one is a fine player with plenty of volume, punchy but still sweet.
 
Overall length is 21 in. (53.3 cm.), 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 13 5/8 in. (346 mm.). Width of nut is 1 7/16 in. (36 mm.).

This uke is relatively clean overall, all original and showing some dings, dents, and scrapes but no major play wear. The body edges have some small dings and chips and there is one noticeable scratch to the top behind the bridge. The finish has the slightly dulled and vaguely clouded look typical of some later 1960's Martins, seen when the company was changing the finishing process at the new factory. There are no repairs evident anywhere on the instrument. By this point in the later 1960s there were no other makers building ukuleles of this quality anywhere, with the possible exception of Kamaka in Hawaii. This is a lovely example of Martin's always exemplary craftsmanship and a great-playing and sounding uke, nicely mellowed in over the last 50+ years! Excellent Condition.