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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.
Serial number: 59637
Top: Spruce with a sunburst finish
Back and sides: Brazilian Rosewood
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
Pictures courtesy of Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey Auctions (www.guernseys.com) and photographer Paul Schraub