Vintage Martin Values
Do you have a Martin guitar and would like to know how much it is worth? On this page, you will find information about evaluating Martin Guitars.
The C.F. Martin & Company was established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. Martin is highly regarded for its steel-string guitars and is a leading mass-manufacturer of flattop acoustics. Martin instruments can cost thousands of dollars and vintage instruments often cost six figures.
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Vintage Martin Values--What is YOUR guitar worth?
To determine the value of you Martin guitar, you must know the model and the year of manufacture. There is a site that offers free serial number look ups to determine the year. There are a few sites that provide Martin serial number look ups.Just do a search for "Martin Serial Numbers".
You must also determine whether your guitar is in Original Condition. Any modifications, including tuning keys, pick-ups, bridges, and especially refinishes will lower the value of your Martin.
You need to evaluate the condition of your guitar. Does it look almost new with very little damage, does it look as though it has been played a lot with a few scratches and some fret wear, or is it a complete wreck? The condition of the guitar is extremely important in determining the value.
The amount of demand for the particular year and model will also greatly affect the value. The more people who want the guitar, the more they are willing to pay.
Determining the Value
Once you have the above information in hand, you can get a general idea of the value by searching for your guitar on eBay. There you will be able to find out what people are asking for guitars similar to yours. You can also search for your guitar in the Harmony Central reviews. Most of these reviews mention how much the owner paid for the guitar.
If you want a completely accurate evaluation of your Martin, my advice would be to go to the experts at Blue Book of Guitar Values . You can get an evaluation of one guitar for less than $5.00, or you can subscribe, as I have, so that you can evaluate as many guitars as you want. I have found this service to be accurte and extremely useful.
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