Dating martin acoustic guitars
Remember that all Harmony made guitars (this means all guitars on this website) are still considered low grade instruments by most players and collectors, and can't be compared in value to the "great" names as Gibson, Fender, Martin...As a result, only a handful of guys in the world are ready to pay real money for a rare Harmony model. They may not have invented the art of the acoustic guitar, but they certainly perfected it, introducing x-braced tops, 14-fret necks, and pioneering the steel string guitar.We are proud to be an official Martin Dealer and also stock a variety of vintage pieces.Some very early DR-7 and DM-5 batches had what collectors call an interior “type zero” white label with a black border and the Gen I logo printed with “Produced and distributed by C. Martin & Co., Nazareth, Pennsylvania, USA.” The model designation was usually hand-written in ink along the bottom border.By late ’72, the zero fret was being phased out and the saddle made non-adjustable, but still perched on a fixed bridge…
There may be no name more famous in the world of acoustic guitars as C. They also developed several body styles including the iconic dreadnought that are now copied the world over.
They always are on a place easy to read, ie near the f-holes on a archtop.
The larger one is the serial number, and the part after the "H" letter is the model number.
During the past 20 years, baby boomers looking to reclaim their lost, garage-band youth have contributed to the surge in vintage guitar collecting.
As you’d expect, prices for the best examples have risen accordingly.
In 1978, model designations were added to capitalize on Martin model numbers: the DM-18, DM-19, DR-28, DR-28H, DR-35, DR-41, and DR-45. Pegheads & Logos Sigma guitars made in Japan from 1970 through 1983.