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Owners comments : ” Family heirloom passed down to me 40 years ago. All original equipment; I had the finish brought back to life in 1969 by C. Eric Shulte of Malvern, PA. In 1999, I visited the Martin factory in Nazareth, PA where I spoke with Dale C. Sandt in the service department. After looking the instrument over, he felt that the small splits in the bridge were serious enough not to continue having tension on the strings, and estimated around $1100 to do that repair, as well as fix the cracks he felt were only in the finish on the back of the guitar.
When finished, the instrument would be returned to its full collectible value (around $10,000). For the last 11 years, I’ve been waiting for enough disposable income to have it fully restored, but that day has never come, and apparently never will, for me. So, I offer it up to a collector serious enough to appreciate this fine instrument. When I called Martin on Monday, I was told I could ask 3 to 4000 dollars for the guitar in its present state. I feel that’s a bit high, so I offer it up for a bit less.
I’ve been answering so many questions about possible refinishing, I feel I’d explain, as best as I remember (I was 15). I was quite annoyed, at that age, that Mr. Shulte was unwilling to refinish the body of the guitar…he said it would ruin the collectible value, and even more importantly, it would change the sound. So, I’m certain the body has not been refinished, however the neck and head may have been. At 15, I wasn’t particularly interested in how he was going to make this instrument look good again, so I have no idea whether it was oversprayed or not. He also refused to put in a strap peg, but I found someone else who would. Once you read the article in the following link, you’ll understand why I feel it’s highly unlikely that Mr. Shulte would’ve done ANYTHING to devalue this guitar!”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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