Dating my martin ukulele
They have also made (in Mexico) other modern ukuleles such as the S-O and the HS-O. Martin ukuleles are some of the most sought after ukuleles around.
musicguymic has one for sale at the moment for $1,200. You can recognise it immediately by the thick white binding around the body of the uke.Value roughly $2,000 for the mahogany and $3,000 or over for an early 3K in top condition.Martin Style 4 There is, apparently, no such thing. Martin Style 5k If you find one of these in a junk shop, count yourself very lucky.The fancier style 5 models are worth more than plainer styles 0 to 3. The first Martin ukes, built in 1916, have serial numbers ranging from one to less than 200.Ukes made after 1916 do not have serial numbers and must be dated by specification changes.You can see a 5K in action in a number of Brian Hefferan’s videos. There was one on e Bay with the quite staggering asking price of $50,000. If you find one, you’ll probably get five figures for it.
The Antiques Roadshow recently valued one at $10,000 to $12,000. Martin did briefly make a mahogany version of the Style 5. Martin have recently started making Style 5’s again and you can find them for sale on Elderly.
Martin ukes are considered to be the best for craftsmenship and sound.
The Koa wood models are more collectible than mahagony models.
Generally speaking, the higher the number, the higher the price.
More knowledgeable sellers will indicate which style the Martin is.
The quickest way to tell them apart is to look at the fretboard.