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.

This is a nice example of an early-1920's 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 1920's 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 soundhole ring but has as powerful and beautiful tone. The tuners are Champion banjo-style friction pegs with black plastic buttons, an often seen period substitution for the standard wooden violin-style pegs Martin usually provided. Many early 1920's Martin ukes were fitted with these pegs by the wholesaler or retailer prior to sale as they are generally much easier to tune!
 
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.). Played but not abused, this Style 1 is a truly excellent sounding uke and a nice period example. There is one sealed top crack behind the bridge, an area of strumwear below the soundhole and general finish wear but overall this uke is not heavily worn. A very nice playing uke. Very Good + Condition.