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1935 Martin C-2

Introduced in 1931, the 15-inch wide Martin C-2 originally had a round soundhole, the first examples to feature f-holes appearing the following year. Though the C-2 incorporated a carved spruce top, the Brazilian rosewood back and sides were essentially those of a flattop guitar.


Details include the slotted diamond fingerboard inlays and a ‘zig-zag’ back strip found on Martin’s Style 28 instruments.

59637 1935 Martin C-2 front 59637 1935 Martin C-2 back

Serial number: 59637

Top: Spruce with a sunburst finish

Back and sides: Brazilian Rosewood

Neck: Mahogany

Fretboard: Ebony

Frets: 20

Bridge/tailpiece: Ebony, nickel-plated trapeze with ‘Martin’ engraved on the baseplate

Tuners: Nickel-plated individual Grover G-98 open gear with metal butter bean buttons


59637 1935 Martin C-2 head 59637 1935 Martin C-2 tail

Pictures courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions ( and photographer Paul Schraub