Question: How can you tell a fake Martin?

While Martin rounds off corners and the bridge saddle fits tight, the forgery guitar has a crudely cut bridge with sharp edges. Additionally the guitar features an ill-fitting bridge saddle slot. Authentic Martins have a solid piece of wood under the bridge.

How do you date a Martin?

Serial Numbers Used To Date Martin Guitars are found on the neck block. Looking inside the soundhole and toward the neck you will find the serial number and model stamped on the neck block.

Are any Martin Guitars made in China?

Again, there is no such thing as a Chinese made Martin guitar.

When did Martin stop using Brazilian rosewood?

1969 Supplies grew extremely thin in the late 1960s, however, and Martin and others stopped using Brazilian rosewood in 1969, moving over to Indian rosewood, then other varieties. In 1992, Brazilian rosewood was added to the CITES treaty, strictly banning its exportation.

What are the best years for Martin D28?

are: 1937, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1962 and 1969. None of the guitars on this list are inexpensive. To answer the question you didnt ask, the D-28 1937 authentics (I prefer the pre-baked) are the best sounding and best value in a modern Martin guitar.

Are Mexican made Martin guitars good?

They are nice guitars. While there are solid wood options in that price range, I have felt these sound as good as the solid wood guitars (in the same price range). And, the nice thing about HPL is the low maintenance.

Who owns Martin guitars?

The company has been run by the Martin family throughout its history. The current chairman and CEO, C.F. Chris Martin IV, is the great-great-great-grandson of the founder. The firm was the first to introduce many of the characteristic features of the modern flattop, steel-string acoustic guitar.

Why is rosewood banned?

CITES are a governing environmental body that look after endangered wild fauna and flora. In 2017 they restricted the sales of Rosewood across international borders to crack down on illegally made furniture, which also affected guitarists. This law was lifted on November 26 2019.

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