Martin tenors experienced their initial period of popularity during the late 20s and early 1930s, when many players players switched from the tenor banjo. This guitar dates from 1933. At the time it was something of a novelty with its 14-fret neck, and it was one of the larger tenors available - Martin also produced the smaller 2-17T, with a 12-fret neck, and the even tinier 5-17T. Tenors are now once again very popular for a range of acoustic styles. This guitar can be played in Chicago or Irish tuning with equal facility, or other open tunings (I've used it in open G, for example).
This guitar is emphatically player grade. There's little finish left, there is a repaired top crack and several back cracks. All have been repaired but not very expertly.
However, it plays nicely and has a lovely woody sound.
It can either be played as is, or would be suitable for a full restoration. To be honest, I intended to give it a thorough overhaul but haven't had the time.
Mahogany top, back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, original Grover planetary tuners. With original, fitted case in OK condition.
ON HOLD, now being restored. For more information, contact us.