Dating vintage martin ukulele
For example, on the photo below this guitar is without doubt a H22 (You can type a model number, with the H, on the search box on top of this page).The first part of the serial number has no precise meaning relative to the date of production.From what I have gathered on your site this indicates that it is an Airline. They were used to keep together various parts of the same guitar on the assembly line.As they were building similar models on the same line at the same time, we often see this kind of glitches between the model and the stamped number.It's said that the letter at the beginning indicates the period of the year, like "F" for "Fall" or "S" for "Spring".That was before Ed, a former worker from the Harmony factory, said : "The company closed down production every July for two weeks.H1 H1141 H1203 H1213 H1214 H1215 H1260 H1265 H1266 H1310 H1311 H1325 H1327 H14 H1407 H1414 H1415 H1456 H1457 H15 H15V H162 H165 H16B H16R H16W H17 H173 H174 H19 H22 H22/1 H27 H37 H38 H39 H41 H42 H44 H45 H46 H47 H48 H49 H50 H51 H53 H53/1 H54 H54/1 H55 H56 H56/1 H57 H58 H59 H59/1 H60 H62 H63 H64 H65 H66 H68 H7 H70 H71 H72 H73 H74 H75 H76 H77 H78 H79 H802 H81 H82 H82G H88 H929 H945 H950 H954 H956 - If you're a buyer, the value is the max price you are ready to pay to have it.If you're a seller, the value is the minimum amount you accept to sell it.. You can check ebay for completed sales for the same model, but value on ebay is not value in a shop or elsewhere, for reasons.
Even the less common models can't be considered "rare".
It seems Harmony reset these numbers in every batch of the model, so a "6690H22" can be older than a "123H22" for example.
Tip : on many guitars (easy to check on flat top acoustics), Harmony stamped the top of the guitar as well as the back, so if the number on the back is difficult to read, use a mirror and check under the top (near the neck) The other smaller stamp is the date stamp and indicates the year of production.
During the last two weeks of June an effort was made to finish as many orders as possible and not start any new orders.
The last days of June, we had a complete inventory.
They always are on a place easy to read, ie near the f-holes on a archtop.