Martin dating guitar
The round central soundhole is surrounded by three concentric circles of wood marquetry, two of them 5 plies in wood and the middle circle has a ring of herringbone.Top and back bindings are rosewood with an adjacent stripe of spruce; the backstripe is also herringbone with a spruce purfling.I’m happy to help you with questions like “what is my vintage Martin guitar worth?” Do you have a Martin guitar you’re looking to sell?
It is always better to consult with a professional.
This is one of the nicest examples of a Circa 1865 Martin 1-21 Parlor guitar as we have recently offered for sale.
It is a guitar that would be devoutly wished for by any collector, but also by any player who leans toward the gentle music of the age of Stephen Foster or Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
To find out the age and value of a guitar can take a lot of research, and may require you to bring in an expert. These factors include how it plays and if it still has it's original finish and/or stings.
Start by cleaning the guitar and bringing it back to playable condition, if possible. You could sell it for much more if you know its exact year and if it has any special feature or is a limited edition.