Hoe oud is mijn Martin Gitaar

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Hoe oud is mijn Martin Gitaar

Prior to serial numbers, the different instruments were identified by the Martin brand which was stamped into the back of the headstock, the upper portion of the back or on the back binding strut visible through the soundhole (the eased blocking reinforcing the center joint between the 2 back pieces).

When was my Martin made?

For More information on the Martin History, please check the section Martin History.

Prior to serial numbers, the different instruments were identified by the Martin brand which was stamped into the back of the headstock, the upper portion of the back or on the back binding strut visible through the soundhole (the eased blocking reinforcing the center joint between the 2 back pieces).

The original instruments had a paper label that read: “Martin and Coupa”
1833 to 1867    The brand read: “C.F. Martin New York”.
1867 to 1898    The brand read: “C.F. Martin & Co. New York”.
1898 onward    The brand reads: “C.F. Martin & Co. Nazareth, Pa.”
1888 to 1898    Paper label includes: “Charles A. Zoebisch & Sons” (Zoebisch was the sole distributor of Martin at the time).
1898    Serial numbers begin at #8000
1929    Model numbers were marked on the neck block, inside the body.

Some, actually from my experience, quite a lot of the pre-1898 guitars have the date penciled on the top just inside the sound hole. Before 1929, the model size and style designation was generally written on a paper label and glued inside the top of the instrument case.

1895    Mandolins were introduced
1915    Ukuleles, taropatches, tiples and Hawaiian guitars were introduced
1923    Tenor banjos were introduced

Ukuleles did not carry serial numbers but can be roughly identified and dated by the headstock:

1895 to 1932    The Martin brand stamped on the back of the headstock.
1930 onward    The Martin logo decal on the front of the headstock.
1895 to 1934    Bar frets
1934 onward    Standard frets

Martin started serializing with number 8001 simply because they accounted for some 8000 instruments built prior to 1898. This information was found in a very old book on Martin guitars.
Unlike some other manufacturers, using Martins serial numbers to date your instrument is accurate. The serial number can be found on the neck block. Look inside of the soundhole and towards the neck, the model number and serial number will be stamped on the mahogany block otherwise known as the neck block. The model number is on top, the serial number is below it. Also, when reading the chart below, remember...the number shown beside the year is the LAST number used for that year. So, for instance, if the serial number you are looking to date is number 9311, the instrument was made in 1902, as 9310 is the last serial number used in 1901

Martin Guitars Serial Numbers:
1898    x8,348  
1899    x8,716

 

Year

Last Serial No.

1898

8348

1899

8716

1900

9128

1901

9310

1902

9528

1903

9810

1904

9988

1905

10120

1906

10329

1907

10727

1908

10883

1909

11018

1910

11203

1911

11413

1912

11565

1913

11821

1914

12047

1915

12209

1916

12390

1917

12988

1918

13450

1919

14512

1920

15848

1921

16758

1922

17839

1923

19891

1924

22008

1925

24116

1926

28689

1927

34435

1928

37568

1929

40843

1930

45317

1931

49589

1932

52590

1933

55084

1934

58679

1935

61947

1936

65176

Year

Last Serial No.

1937

68865

1938

71866

1939

74061

1940

76734

1941

80013

1942

83107

1943

86724

1944

90149

1945

93623

1946

98158

1947

103468

1948

108269

1949

112961

1950

117961

1951

122799

1952

128436

1953

134501

1954

141345

1955

147328

1956

153225

1957

159061

1958

165576

1959

171047

1960

175689

1961

181297

1962

187384

1963

193327

1964

199626

1965

207030

1966

217215

1967

230095

1968

241925

1969

256003

1970

271633

1971

294270

1972

313302

1973

333873

1974

353387

1975

371828

Year

Last Serial No.

1976

388800

1977

399625

1978

407800

1979

419900

1980

430300

1981

436474

1982

439627

1983

446101

1984

453300

1985

460575

1986

468175

1987

476216

1988

483952

1989

493279

1990

503309

1991

512487

1992

522655

1993

535223

1994

551696

1995

570434

1996

592930

1997

624799

1998

668796

1999

724077

2000

780500

2001

845644

2002

916759*

2003

978706

2004

1042558

2005

1115862

2006

1197799

2007

1268091

2008

1337042

2009

1406715

2010

1473461

2011

1555767

2012

1656742

2013

1755536


Martin Mandolin Serial Numbers
Year / Last Number

1895    x,x23  
1896    x,112  
1897    x,155
1898    x,359  
1899    x,577  

1900    x,800
1901    x,881  
1902    1,171  
1903    1,348
1904    1,507  
1905    1,669  
1906    2,026
1907    2,357  
1908    2,510  
1909    2,786

1910    3,098  
1911    3,431  
1912    3,847
1913    4,162  
1914    4,462  
1915    4,767
1916    5,007  
1917    5,752  
1918    6,370
1919    7,237 

1920    8,761  
1921    9,627
1922    10,196  
1923    11,020  
1924    11,809
1925    12,520  
1926    13,359  
1927    13,833
1928    14,170  
1929    14,680 

1930    14,892
1931    15,290  
1932    15,476  
1933    15,528
1934    15,729  
1935    15,887  
1936    16,156
1937    16,449  
1938    16,580  
1939    16,747

1940    16,957  
1941    17,263  
1942    17,405
1943    none  
1944    none
1945    none
1946    17,641  
1947    18,303  
1948    19,078
1949    19,559 

1950    20,065  
1951    20,521
1952    20,902  
1953    21,452  
1954    21,952
1955    22,254  
1956    22,629  
1957    22,985
1958    23,111  
1959    23,262 

1960    23,512
1961    23,663  
1962    23,938  
1963    24,139
1964    24,339  
1965    24,439  
1966    24,564
1967    24,639  
1968    24,839  
1969    24,989

1970    25,039  
1971    25,065  
1972    25,289
1973    25,339  
1974    25,679  
1975    25,895
1976    26,045*
1977    26,101  
1978    None
1979    26,112  

1980    26156  
1981    26,215
1982    26,225  
1983    26,247  
1984    26,254
1985    26,263  
1986    26,273  
1987    26,279
1988    26,281  
1989    26,283 

1990    26,291
1991     26297
1991     509122**
1993     533213

*1976     Serial numbers 259996-260020 were also used.
**1991    C. F. Martin & Co. begins using one set of serial numbers
for guitars & mandolins.
    
1994-2002     Mandolins are custom order only.
2002     Mandolin production ends.

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