C. F. Martin Style 1 Soprano Ukulele , c. 1922

C. F. Martin  Style 1 Soprano Ukulele ,  c. 1922

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C. F. Martin Style 1 Model Soprano Ukulele, c. 1922, made in Nazareth, PA, dark mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, two tone chipboard case.

This is a nice example of an early 1920s Martin Style 1 ukulele. Although by Martin standards these were a fairly inexpensive instrument (originally retailing in the $12-14.00 range), they are built to the highest Martin 1920s standard and are considered easily amongst the best-sounding ukuleles ever manufactured.

The Style 1 is a simple design with a natural mahogany finish and no ornament beyond 3-ply wooden top binding and sound hole ring and three dots on the fingerboard. This early model retains the maple nut and saddle of the first Martin ukes, replaced not long after with ebony.

The tuners are Champion banjo-style friction pegs with black plastic buttons, an often-seen older substitution for the standard wooden violin-style pegs Martin provided. Many early 1920s Martin ukes have been fitted with these pegs, and for most folks they are generally much easier to tune! This uke plays very well and has a powerful and beautiful tone.
Overall length is 20 5/8 in. (52.4 cm.), 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 5/16 in. (5.9 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 nearly 100 year old ukulele shows some wear and old repairs but has survived in fine playing condition. The top is very solid with no cracks or heavy wear, just some small dings.

The back has several old grain cracks, one running the entire length; it is well-sealed up with no added finish or touch-up. The back/side seams have been resealed in several places, and along the bottom edge are not lined up perfectly.

We have never heard better-sounding ukuleles than these early Martins, regardless of style, and this one is no exception. Excellent - Condition.