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Martin also built mandolins (introduced in 1895), ukuleles (introduced in 1915), taropatches (an 8-stringed ukulele), tiples (a 10-stringed ukulele), Hawaiian guitars, and tenor banjos (in 1923) plus a few custom instruments. Zoebisch & Sons was the exclusive distributor of all Martin instruments, and that name appears on a paper label inside the sound hole. Beginning in 1929 the model numbers were marked on the neck block, inside the body.1944 last scalloped brace guitar was approximately #89926. The interview was in preparation for an article by Eric Schoenberg and Bob Green on the history of the OM model and was published in the March 1985 issue of Guitar Player.Though some models have been seen after this number with scalloped braces, and before this number with tapered braces. Bourgeois was asked to sit in on the interview, and in the last two paragraphs of his recollections especially interesting: "One footnote that I do remember distinctly is that Mr. bought a large supply of Engelmann spruce in the form of government surplus of building material.Some letter suffixes clarify styles: A = ash B = Brazilian Rosewood BK = Black finish C = classical DB = Deep body E = electric FMG = Figured Mahogany G = Gut string classical GE = Golden Era GM = Grand Marquis H = Hawaiian style K = Koa wood back & sides K2 = Koa wood back, sides and top L= Left handed LE= limited edition M = Mahogany (of if a "J" prefix is used, Jumbo M body size) MB = Maple Binding MP = Morado back and sides and low profile neck N = Non-low profile neck (when low profile necks were standard) P = Plectrum (pre-WWII), low profile neck (1985 to present) or Fishman Prefix pickup Q = Old style non-adjustable truss rod neck (1985-present) R = Rosewood back and sides S = special order (pre-WWII) or 12 fret neck (1967 to present) SE= signature edition SW = Special Wurlitzer T = tenor V = vintage specs W = Walnut Martin Summary Timeline.Mike (AKA elephantfan85) put this together, and it takes most of the info above and summarizes it into a single Martin guitar timeline.
1934 Martin ends their use of bar frets on most models.
Then they started putting decals on the front of the headstock in 1930.
Until 1932, they continued to stamp the back of the headstock with CF Martin & Co.
Some of these turn up and vary from the standard instruments, but they are usually very nice and are frequently signed by the maker.
Martin workers are allowed to build a guitar for their own use after they have been with the company a stipulated period.1920's Martin transitions away from pyramid long bridge to standard long bridge on 18 & 28 series. 17 series either never had pyramid bridge or transitioned earlier. Some lack Martin Serial #'s or markings of any kind.