NO RESERVE. Martin produced this limited-edition replica of Jimmie Rodgers’ custom 1927 Martin 000-45 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Rodgers’ September 8, 1897 birth. The original was the guitar that Rodgers is seen holding in his famous 1929 “The Singing Brakeman” photo and features his name inlaid on the fretboard and “Blue Yodel” inlaid on the headstock. The word “thanks” was painted on the guitar’s back. Martin president C. Frederick Martin presented the guitar to Rodgers on July 27, 1927 in Washington D.C., and Rodgers used the guitar to make numerous popular recordings from the late 1920s through 1933 when he died.
Martin built this reproduction using very high quality materials, including Adirondack red spruce, Brazilian rosewood, and fossilized ivory for the nut and bridge pins. While the word “thanks” was painted on back of the original guitar, Martin supplied a decal so owners could choose whether to affix it or not. The Waverly Sloane tuners feature engraved baseplates and ivoroid buttons. This guitar is number 26 of the 100 that Martin himself had built.
Serial number: 599322
Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
Bridge: Ebony rectangular pin
Tuners: Waverly Sloane open gear with engraved baseplates and ivoroid buttons