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 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.
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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.
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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"