1922 Martin 00-42 SN:17401. Guitar Database.

Martin | 00-42 | 1922 | Serial:17401

1922 Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.

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Name: Martin
Location: Nazereth, PA

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1922 Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.

  • Model: 00-42 style1922 Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.
  • Year: 1922
  • Top: Red spruce
  • Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Total length: 37 3/4
  • Body length: 19 5/8
  • Upper bout: 9 3/4
  • Lower bout 14 1/8
  • Depth upper bout: 3 1/4
  • Depth lower bout: 4 1/16
  • Bridge:Ebony
  • Binding: Ivory
  • Rosette: Abalone
  • Backstrip:Zig-Zag
  • Purfling: Abalone
  • Headstock: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24.9”
  • Nut width: 1 7/8”
  • Twelfth fret width:2 5/16”

1922 Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.

This is a nice, mostly original 00-42 from the pre-steel string period of the Martin History. It has that lovely abalone purfling.

The previous owner has this to say about this instrument “a 1922 Martin 00-42.   It appears to be braced for steel strings as it has scalloped X bracing and sets up with steel strings without problems. In fact, this guitar plays wonderfully and sounds so darn sweet and with excellent string articulation and clarity. Very full and well balanced in all registers.

There are several repaired and cleated top cracks. There is no belly behind the bridge or dipping in front of it.  The bridge appears to be a well made replacement and it has a replaced bridge plate (maple).  The top has been resprayed. There is one very slight grain crack on the back that appears to be only in the grain.

The neck is nice and straight, retains it’s original bar frets that are in excellent shape. The Ebony Fretboard shows some light wear patterns in the open chord area.  The action is low and there is room to lower it at the saddle.  No need for a neck reset.  The gears are the original reverse pinion type that hold tune nicely.

It ships in the case shown which is a Lifton hardshell case from the 30’s or early 40’s and shows age, but is functionally solid and devoid of musty smells or odors.

1922  Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.

1922  Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.

1922  Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.

1922  Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.

1922  Martin 00-42 guitar SN:17401. Guitar Database.

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