Get it right and the pleasure the new instrument brings could lead to wealth, fame and a life of travelling the world.
Get it wrong and it’s likely to gather dust in a spare bedroom for years to come.
No other guitar company spans time like Orville's namesake enterprise.
As you’d expect, prices for the best examples have risen accordingly. Style designations for its flat top guitars have remained fairly consistent since the 1850s.
Not only was the manufacturing quality improving, but the quality of the REPLICATION was reaching new highs.
The lawyers at Gibson started to get restless, and young guitar players like myself were also getting restless…
Some of the most collectible vintage Martin flat tops include the Dreadnoughts from the 1930s, but any 12 or 14-fret steel-string models from the mid-1920s until the mid-1940s will bring a good price.
The best part about collecting Martin guitars is that the company has made it so easy—vintage Martin guitars from 1898 to the present are easy to date because each instrument has an individual serial number. Gretsch competed with both companies via its line of Synchromatics, which had a cat’s-eye sound hole (Gibson and others went with more traditional f-holes).