Serial #30920

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Model: 2-17
Built: 1927
Entry Date: 10-17-2004
Source: Skinners Auction House
Contributor: elephantfan85
Comments:
   Sale 2253
   Lot 2
   Estimate: $600 - $800
   Noticiable pickwear on treble side of soundhole, mostly towards the bridge end
   Sold For::$822.50

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Model: 2-17
Built: 1927
Entry Date: 04-20-2008
Source: EBay
Contributor: elephantfan85
Comments:
   Item #270229272783
   "Here is a really cool old 1929 Martin - model 2-17 - a small guitar with a big sound. There is quite a bit of pick wear on the front, (see photos), and many nicks and scratches BUT NO CRACKS and no repaired cracks. Not even one.The frets that are on it are the large bar style frets and are in excellent shape, so possibly the guitar has been refretted but the fret board looks fine and does not have much finger wear. The intonation is excellent and it plays really well. There have been no modifications made to this guitar while I have owned it and there do not appear to ever have been any. It's a pretty simple guitar construction-wise. Someone mentioned that the serial number should place it in 1927 but there is no binding on the guitar. Due to slumping sales Martin stopped putting binding on the 2-17s in 1929, which allowed them to lower the prince and the drop in price actually improved sales quite a bit"
   "I purchased this instrument from Skinner auction house back in 2004. Skinner had the instrument listed in their catalog as follows;"
   "C. F. Martin & Company, Nazareth, 1929, Model 2-17, stamped internally C.F. MARTIN & COMPANY, NAZARETH PA and 30920 at the upper block, the two-piece mahogany back with black center strip, the mahogany sides, the mahogany neck, the rosewood fingerboard, the mahogany top, length of back 18 1/4 in., width of lower bout 12 1/4 in., with case"
   "If Skiiner says it's 1929 then I won't argue with them. A great Mahogany Parlor Guitar. The Specs are as follows; The height from fret to string on the low E string is 446 - .037. the height on the high E string is 42 - .041. Measurements Overall Length: 36 3/4" Body Length: 18 1/8" Upper Bout Width: 8 1/2" Lower Bout Width: 12 1/4" Body Depth at Neck: 4" Body Depth at End Pin: 3 1/4" Fingerboard width at nut: 1 3/4" Fingerboard width at 12th Fret: 2 1/4" Bridge String Spacing: 2 3/8" Scale Length: 24 7/16" Soundhole Diameter: 3 1/2" Frets Clear of Body: 12 Total Frets: 18 Materials & Construction Top Material: Solid Mahogany Back & Sides: Solid Mahogany Neck Material: One Piece Mahogany Fingerboard Material: Brazillian Rosewood Bridge Material: Brazillain Rosewood Head Stock overlay: Brazillian Rosewood Nut Material: Ebony Bridge Style: Rectangular (non-belly) Back Binding: Rosewood Strip (Pre 1930), None (Post 1930) Top Binding: Rosewood (Pre 1930), None (Post 1930) Rosette: 3 thin white-black-white rings Fingerboard Markers: Small Pearl dots at 5th & 9th, 2 small dots at 7th Marking: C.F. Martin Stamp on back of headstock"
   "The case that comes with the guitar is a soft shell case with a wild pasley patern inside. It's not much of a case"
   "Lots of mojo with this old Martin"

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