Martin ukuleles are some of the most sought after ukuleles around.There are many avid collectors of Martin ukuleles around and people who refuse to play anything but Martins.Since serial numbers weren't introduced until 1898, approximate dating of the earlier guitars can be accomplished by knowing when Martin made changes to their labels or to the brand, which can be found stamped into the back of the head, the upper part of the back, and just inside the soundhole on the long strut which reinforces the back joint. Ukuleles didn't have serial numbers, but Craig Thompson wrote, "I recently talked to the ukulele expert, Mike, at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto.The very earliest Martins, around 1833, had a paper label "Martin & Coupa". One good way of dating old Martin ukuleles is the headstock.Martin started producing ukuleles in 1916 and were the largest producer of ukes There are a number of different styles (from style 0 to style 5 – but there’s no 4).Generally speaking, the higher the number, the higher the price.
First, they stamped the logo on the back of the peghead (from circa 1895).
Martin ukuleles are probably the most sought after brand of ukulele around.
It’s many ukers’ dream to come across a vintage Martin ukulele at a car boot sale for a tenner.
The size and style designation was written on a paper label, glued inside the top of the instrument case.
Some pre-1898 guitars have the date penciled on the top just inside the sound hole.