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I've even heard that, on some of the '70s Yamaha FG models, they would make some solid and some laminate.So, you have to look at the guitar..a close look right on the edge of the soundhole.The guy showed up to buy it and explained that he actually used to work in the Taylor Guitars factory.This guitar was going to get a new life, and that's a good thing.If the guitar were separated from the case, however, there would be no designation of the style number and size. During much of the 19th century, Martins with tuning pegs also had a pegs made of ivory or horn on the back of the headstock for hanging.In 1934, Martin began stamping the style name and size on the neck block below the serial number. Martin's friend and co-worker from Saxony to New York to Pennsylvania, was listed as a partner for a short time in the late New York period. Raised ivory fingerboard & neck, tapered fretboard No. the front decal was used in conjunction with the stamped logo on the back of the headstock which was still used in this transitional period.However, the Wikipedia version completely leaves out this late '90s time frame.
Finally, Martins supplied with coffin cases had a label glued to the inside of the top of the case which indicated the style and size of the guitar. 1173 Fred Oster, Vintage Instruments, Philadelphia. Nunes & Sons, Royal Hawaiian" label appears on some Hawaiian Guitars made for the Southern California Music Company to appeal to the Hawaiian market, while other So Cal models sport the "Rolando" label. Numerous examples have been seen with holes drilled in the headstock, which were thought to be the result of unsophisticated owners who had clumsily defaced these beautiful guitars. Martin generally stamped their flat top guitars in three places, on the neck block, on the inside of the back of the guitar, usually on the center strip, and on the back of the headstock of guitars with cedar or mahogany necks, or on the back of the guitar near the neck block on guitars with ebonized necks and a number of early cedar neck guitars. In 1898, after this sales arrangement dissolved, the Martin company began stamping their guitars "C. Martin, Nazareth, PA." In 1898, Martin also began numbering their guitars, beginning with number 8000, an estimate of the number of instruments produced to that date, stamping the serial numbers on the neck block below the "C. Martin also occasionally used paper labels on instruments built for dealers, or other special editions. 1176 Illustrated above, Raised ebony fingerboard, round end fretboard No. Raised ebony fingerboard, tapered fretboard The "M. Martin New York" stamped on the back of their headstocks, as Martins were still distributed from New York even after Martin moved from New York to Pennsylvania. Even after Martin moved to his new home in Cherry Hill, near Nazareth, Pennsylvania, his guitars were sold through a representative in New York, so the New York stamp remained. The earliest Martins have paper labels, sometimes accompanied by an outer back stamp as well.This guitar was really nice sounding and had a very clear, rich tone for a guitar in this price range.Those guys at Martin know how to spec out a guitar. Beginning in 1867, the year Martin took on partners and incorporated, the headstock stamp remained the same, but the inside center strip stamp read "C. Martin & Co., New York", and neck block stamp followed shortly thereafter.Surprisingly, a fairly large percentage of the original cases have survived with the labels still glued to the cases over a century later. In fact, these holes were drilled in the headstocks of early Martins by Mr. This 1896 Martin 0-42 has a "Nazareth, PA", which is unusual for a pre-1898 Martin.They were made in Japan from '70 until 1983, then moved to Korea.From what I understand, the company that now owns the Sigma brand has been making guitars since 2011, but they have nothing to do with Martin. If you want the whole Wikipedia version, click here.It seems like every major manufacturer has their second tier brand of guitars these days. In one of those "uh oh somebody's gonna get fired" moments, someone at Martin forgot to renew the trademark on the Sigma brand, and sure enough, one of those crafty overseas companies jumped on it and now own the Sigma brand.Fender has Squier, Gibson has Epiphone, Ovation used to have Applause though I don't know if they still do. But, up until the last few years, Martin used the Sigma brand name from 1970 until 2007.