Martin Ukulele Celebrates 100 Years in 2017 - Releases Style 3 Centennial Uke
The Martin Style 3 Centennial Uke is a soprano body size and is limited to 100 instruments. It is crafted from genuine Mahogany on the top, back and sides. The Centennial Ukulele headplate is inlaid with a grained ivoroid kite design found on the earliest Martin ukuleles. This uke is completed with a Mahogany bridge, an Ebony fingerboard with abalone diamonds and squares inlay, bone nut and saddle and a molded hard case. The Style 3 Centennial Uke is great sounding instrument that will delight ukulele players of all styles and levels.
The 1920s were booming years for the Martin Company. The ukulele was capturing the fancy of the American public. The first Martin ukuleles were not well received. They were made much like a guitar. There was too much bracing in the body, particularly in the top, which was of course spruce. The excessive bracing and the spruce top gave the instruments a dead and lackluster tone that failed to appeal to the buying public."
As they recognized the shortcomings of its initial ukulele design, Martin went to work at producing an acceptable uke. By reducing the amount of bracing and substituting mahogany for spruce, Martin quickly garnered a large share of the ukulele market. The demand for the products was such that Martin was forced to double the capacity of the North Street plant with an additional wing and increase in the work force. Guitar production in 1920 totaled 1,361 units; records of ukulele production were not kept, but Christian Frederick Martin III estimates that the company turned out nearly twice as many ukuleles as guitars during the ’20s.
Martin Ukulele Information Center
Soprano - The four string Martin Soprano Ukulele has been and will always be the classic vision of what a ukulele is. It's small size corresponds with the many players of yesteryear who made the ukulele so famous.
Concert - The Concert Martin Ukulele four string is considered to be the most popular ukulele. Most advanced players choose the concert because of its larger scale over the standard (soprano) size.
Tenor - Every type of player enjoys the Martin Tenor Ukulele and it's full-bodied sound. The Koa 4 string Tenor is the most popular among the local island players.
Koa Wood - Koa is unquestionably Hawaii's most prized wood. Hawaiians have always valued Koa for its beauty and durability. Koa still remains the premier Hawaiian timber for Kamaka ukuleles, furniture and other woodcrafts. Its diversity and shortage has created Koa prices to soar. With an ongoing reforestation program, and sensible logging, Koa will always be available. Koa's use for instruments is superb. It has a "tap-tone" quality that is almost second to none.
Humidity & Your Ukulele - Your Martin ukulele is made of thin wood which is easily affected by temperature and humidity. This combination is the most important single part of your ukulele’s surroundings. Martin Guitar keeps their factory at a constant 45-55 percent humidity and 72-77 degrees Fahrenheit. If either humidity or temperature get far away from these factory conditions, your ukulele is in danger. A rapid change in temperature or exposure to cold can cause small cracks in the finish. We recommend the use of a hygrometer / thermometer to measure the relative humidity and temperature surrounding your Martin ukulele.
Martin Ukulele Body Sizes Chart
Martin Soprano Ukulele
Total Length 21"
Body Length 9 7/16"
Body Width 6 3/8"
Body Depth 2 5/16"
Martin Concert Ukulele
Total Length 23 1/4"
Body Length 11"
Body Width 7 5/8"
Body Depth 2 3/4"
Martin Tenor Ukulele
Total Length 26 1/4"
Body Length 12 7/8"
Body Width 8 15/16"
Body Depth 2 7/8"
Martin 1T IZ Tenor Ukulele - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Tribute Model
The 1T IZ Martin tenor ukulele is Martin's tribute to legendary artist Israel Kamakawiwo'ole ("Iz") - this tenor ukulele features beautiful genuine quilted mahogany construction, an East Indian rosewood headplate adorned with "IZ" inlaid in Hawaiian koa and a hibiscus flower inlaid in pink awabi pearl.