Martin guitar factory video from 1939.

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Martin guitar factory video from 1939.

Postby guitarchuck » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:14 am

Chet had several Martin guitars in his collection, so I thought I would post this cool Youtube video here. Actual film footage from 1939. Some say this time period was the peak of acoustic guitar

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Re: Martin guitar factory video from 1939.

Postby smokymtguitar09 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:41 am

Chuck,

That's a neat piece of history and Norman Blake's song about his D-18 is very fitting music for the footage!
Thanks!
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Re: Martin guitar factory video from 1939.

Postby thenorm » Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:27 pm

Any d-model finished the day that clip was filmed would be worth a small fortune today
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Re: Martin guitar factory video from 1939.

Postby RonBloor » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:42 pm

It kind of gets you to thinking about where all those great vintage guitars went... Surely they didn't all end up in the garbage!!!
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Re: Martin guitar factory video from 1939.

Postby Ray Bohlken » Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:53 am

That video was very interesting. I enjoy watching historical scenes like that.

A lot of the guitars from that era are still around and the dealers are asking huge sums for them. Here is a link to a couple of them at Elderly Instruments. The Gibson J-200 is in amazing shape. Even the heavily repaired ones bring some kind of premium because they are from that time.
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http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/10U-5446.htm


http://www.elderly.com/vintage/names/gi ... -12195.htm
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Re: Martin guitar factory video from 1939.

Postby Vidar Lund » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:12 am

Thanks a lot for that video and music. My D28 is forty years younger than that, made in 1979. It´s a very fine instrument, but I´ve heard pre-war guitars that sound better than mine. A D18 made in 1939 cost US$ 65, and a D28 cost US$ 100. Martin´s most expensive instrument that year was the D45 at US$ 200. Today they are priceless.
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