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Precisely dating a martin guitar

1995 -- PRS changed the tremolo system dramatically.

Single 0 and double 0 Martins had their braces moved in 1936, while the 000 and Dreadnaught became "rear shifted" in mid 1938.

Martin 1944 000-18 These diagrams were made through the use of exterior tracing, personal inspection, measuring with rulers, interior photographs, X-rays, "Henkograms", and illuminating the interior of the guitar so the shadows of the braces can be seen and marked. 1833 Stauffer Style By 1837, the ladder bracing had been modified, with braces in the lower bout moving to a diagonal. Martin was first introduced to Spanish Style guitar after Trinidad Huerta, who was married to the daughter of Louis Panormo, the prolific luthier who built Spanish Style guitars in London, was the first classical guitarist to perform in the United States as early as 1825 as well as tour Europe extensively.

I am in the process of measuring the shapes and dimensions of top braces, with the help of caliper, rulers, Hacklinger gauge, and X-rays, and will add cross-sectional diagrams showing the contours of the top braces soon. Martin 1837 Hudson Street Guitar Jose Recio from Cadiz, Spain C. Martin was influence by the guitars of Cadiz, Spain, borrowing the fan bracing with three blades. Louis Panormo 1832 Spanish Style Guitar And here is a diagram for a very early Spanish Style Martin & Coupa, from the 1840's, with fan braces: Martin & Coupa 1840's Spanish Style This Spanish Schmidt & Maul from the 1840's is nearly identical to the Spanish Martin & Coupa with fan bracing.

(I offer a conversion back to original; on this call for details) 1995 -- PRS changed the wood on their Classic Electric CE model from Alder to Mahogany. I would classify this change as downright dishonesty and fraud.

They could have changed the name or something but they did not do that.

Martin 1840's Alternate X This 1847 "Alternate X" Schmidt & Maul guitar utilizes a very similar concept built on a foundation of fan bracing, with a tone bar crossing the treble blade of the fan to form a smaller X on the treble side of the guitar. 1847 Martin, with most of the stylistic features of a Spanish Style guitar, but with X bracing, has been called, by at least one early Martin expert, perhaps the earliest known Martin to show the full "Mature X" essentially as it exists today.

Martin 1840's Spanish Mature X This Martin 1850's Ivory Fingerboard Presentation maintains the tone bar and the finger brace on the treble side.

Martin 1850's Ivory Fingerboard Presentation In 1916, Martin began building Hawaiian guitars for the Ditson Company and the Southern California Music Stores which were Martin's first cataloged Steel string guitars.