C. F. Martin Style 0 Soprano Ukulele , c. 1924

C. F. Martin  Style 0 Soprano Ukulele ,  c. 1924

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C. F. Martin Style 0 Model Soprano Ukulele, c. 1924, made in Nazareth, PA, natural varnish finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case.

This is a nice-playing example of an early Martin Style 0 ukulele, with the wooden violin-style pegs used into the mid-'20s. Although these were C. F. Martin's least expensive instrument ever (originally retailing in the $10-12.00 range), they are built to the high standards of all Martin instruments.

Martin ukuleles, especially the early models, are still considered amongst the best-sounding and playing ukuleles ever manufactured. The all-mahogany Style 0 is the simplest design, and while devoid of ornament still has as beautiful a tone as most any Martin uke.
 
Overall length is 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm.), 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/4 in. (5.7 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 uke is in very good playing condition with some typical wear and old repairs. There is a decent-sized impact crack to the back, well-sealed with light touch-up but still plainly visible. The top has one spot of fairly deep strumwear into the wood on the upper treble bout. Other than this, the finish shows dings and scuffing overall but no other major wear. The uke plays well with a splendid well-rounded sound typical of early examples. Very Good + Condition.