CF Martin 2-30 Mandolin


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IN LATE 1929 MARTIN ENTERED, rather belatedly, the carved-top mandolin competition by introducing two round-hole models, style 15 and style 20 (used in performance and on recordings by Bill Bolick of the Blue Sky Boys). In 1936, three new models were introduced with f-holes and sunburst finish: 2-15, 2-20, and the top-of-the-line 2-30.

With two symmetrical body points, and highly flamed maple back and sides, these instruments were very attractive, but couldn?t compete in volume with the Gibson models, probably because of their ultra-heavy bracing. The 2-30 was discontinued in 1941, leaving a total of only 65 in existence, making it a much rarer collectible than the highly sought-after pre-war Martin D-45 guitar.

This one is a fine example with a beautiful sunburst crack free spruce top and spectacular flame maple back and sides. Original tuning pegs and Martin Decal on the Brazilian rosewood head stock veneer. Diamond / snowflake inlays grace the ebony fingerboard. Original ebony bridge and engraved tailpiece. This instrument plays easily, with a comfortable low action, and it sounds sweet as can be.


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