Ukuleles were in highest production from 1916 to the 1930's, though still manufactured in quantity until 1965.Production quantities during some periods were as great as Martin guitars.More knowledgeable sellers will indicate which style the Martin is.However, less well informed sellers, such as on e Bay or in junk shops, will often not know what style the uke is. Whether the new ones match up to the quality of the old ones is an area of dispute.
Some pre-1898 guitars have the date penciled on the top just inside the sound hole.The fancier style 5 models are worth more than plainer styles 0 to 3. The first Martin ukes, built in 1916, have serial numbers ranging from one to less than 200.Ukes made after 1916 do not have serial numbers and must be dated by specification changes.In this case, it’s worth being able to identify which type of ukulele it is and how much it might be worth so you can tell if you’re getting a bargain. But with the new boom they’re back on the bandwagon. As well as making their own ukuleles, Martin also made ukes for other manufacturers such as Oliver Ditson.To begin with they started by releasing new models. These ukuleles are identical to the standard Martin ukuleles apart from the maker stamps and decals. 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.Martin ukes are considered to be the best for craftsmenship and sound.The Koa wood models are more collectible than mahagony models.Because Martins are so sought after, some sellers on e Bay resort to shady tactics to get their ukes in front of buyers.One way you’ll see regularly is people advertising the uke “w/ Martin strings” in the title.Peghead decals do not appear in catalog photos till after WWII.Total Body Body Scale Style Length Length Width Length Soprano (std) 21" 9 7/16" 6 3/8" 13 5/8" Concert 23 1/4" 11" 7 5/8" 14 3/4" Tenor 26 1/4" 12 1/16" 8 15/16" 17" Baritone 30 11/16" 14" 10" 20 1/8" Martin ukuleles produced in greatest numbers in the smallest soprano size, but concert and tenor sizes were available circa 1922.Martin started producing ukuleles in 1916 and were the largest producer of ukes There are a number of different styles (from style 0 to style 5 – but there’s no 4).