Instrument Details

1890 Martin 1-26, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce

Regular Price: $11,495

Special Price (Sale) $7,205 $6,995

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Specs
Status
In Stock
Brand
Martin
Product Year
1890
Model
1-26
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP305
Condition
Several top and side cracks, all cleated and stabilized by our repair staff. Frets in good shape, friction tuners functional, some top bellying and play wear typical for this vintage. Exhaustively gone over by our repair staff. Bridge has been replaced with a period-exact replica.
Body Type(s)
Small, 0/Parlor
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Adirondack (Red)
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
V - Hard
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Ivory
Top Trim
Half Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ivory
Fret Markers
MOP Dots
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Instrument Finish
Possibly French Polished
Body Bindings
Ivory
Tuners
Friction
Tuner Finish
Ivory
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None
Body Length
19.75 in
Upper Bout
9.375 in
Lower Bout
12.625 in
Body Depth Heel
3.5 in
Body Depth Tail
4.25 in
Scale Length
25 in
Scale Length (mm)
635 mm
Nut Width
1.905 in
Nut Width (mm)
48.4 mm
String Spacing
2.375 in
String Spacing (mm)
60.3 mm
Weight
2 lb. 6 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

For this guitar, we have to go back all the way to 1890, when Franz Sulzner ordered a custom 1-26 from the Martin guitar factory. Documented on page 85 of Philip F. Gura’s  “C.F. Martin and His Guitars,” this 1-26 appears with a note explaining Sulzner’s connection with the Martin business. This was to be a size 1 guitar, the largest that Martin built in the nineteenth century (“ladies guitars” and smaller came as 2s, 3s, and so on).


While a standard 26 style in many ways, this guitar was customized in the factory per Sulzner’s requests to include an Ivory-bound fretboard and fret markers. The Ivory bindings and “half herringbone” top trim are standard to the 26 style, but to our knowledge no others 26-style guitars from this period feature Ivory bindings across both the body and fretboard. Of course the friction tuning pegs are also Ivory, and the back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood. Adirondack Spruce on top.


Suffice it to say, this 1890 Martin 1-26 has no twin anywhere across the planet: a piece of history in a category to itself.

Have you ever wondered what it was like at Martin Guitars in the 1800s? A small team of highly talented craftsmen striving to show Americans what they could do. Carving, cutting, and assembling guitars knowing they were building the foundation of a great company. Just by holding this Martin from 1890 in your hands and playing it, you get a sense of that. The patina of age is there, and with time somehow these guitar grow more powerful. This one has boundless energy to express its warmth, and it's so much fun to spend time with.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25 in
NUT WIDTH 1.905 in
STRING SPACING 2.375 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED),
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

For this guitar, we have to go back all the way to 1890, when Franz Sulzner ordered a custom 1-26 from the Martin guitar factory. Documented on page 85 of Philip F.
 

Have you ever wondered what it was like at Martin Guitars in the 1800s? A small team of highly talented craftsmen striving to show Americans what they could do.
 
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