C. F. Martin Style 0 Soprano Ukulele (1950s)

C. F. Martin  Style 0 Soprano Ukulele  (1950s)
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Item # 9833
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C. F. Martin Style 0 Model Soprano Ukulele (1950s), made in Nazareth, PA, natural mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case.

This is a very nice example of an early-mid 1950s 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 Kluson tuners with then same "keystone" buttons as many period guitars. There is a neat little period gold Crest sticker inside the soundhole from the Music & Art Center in Riverside California. 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 20 7/8 in. (53 cm.), 6 7/16 in. (16.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 13 5/8 in. (346 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/8 in. (35 mm.).

This uke is relatively clean overall and all original, showing some dings, dents, and scrapes but no major play wear. The body finish has checking and some small dings and chips and there is one noticeable ding to the top above the fingerboard. There is one small repaired grain split on the back, there are no other repairs evident. By this point in the 1950s 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 nearly 70 years! Excellent - Condition.