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Posted 2 years ago

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Can any one tell me more about my guitar. I inherited when my father died and I know it belonged to my Great Uncle. From the serial number I have determined that I think it is a 1941. It is a D-15 M dreadnought and the serial number is 769123. It is in perfect condition and I think its is the original case. I know my father had some work done on it about 9 years ago but I cant tell you what work it was because I dont remember. Help me learn more please!!

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  1. howardeye howardeye, 2 years ago
    Looks modern. Here is one listed on ebay made in 2000
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Martin-D15S-12-FRET-SLOT-Headstock-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar-WITH-CASE-Rare-/140948621633?pt=Guitar&hash=item20d1314941#ht_101wt_913
  2. howardeye howardeye, 2 years ago
    The S designates 12 fret neck from 1967 to present pre-war the S would be special order. The M means Mohogony. The serial numbers in the year of 2000 would be 724078-780500. The label and case are the same. I think this model was discontinued in 2000. This info is from a private collector
  3. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Hi I inherited a Martin from my Step Dad and took it in for estimate and also they look for damage little things we don't see . They can hold it and examine it and tell you exactly what you have . His was valued quite high because of year . I no longer have it but take it to a reputable dealer . Martins are known to be very fine guitars and sought after . Love it and good luck and most important welcome CW ! we like new faces :-)
  4. NativeJewelerylovers NativeJewelerylovers, 2 years ago
    If your serial number is correct, the guitar is newer then 1993 which is the last book I have. That is Gruhn's guide to vintage guitars. It also doesn't have the D-15 listed. So both of these would indicate they weren't made at the time of this publication. The last serial number they have is 509309 which is 1990. However, with that said, if I were to choose and acoustic guitar, a Martin would be the one. Truly great sound tone and they are great players. Even inexpensive Martins are worth more then most acoustics and are better. They are a great Company out of Nazereth Pa. Truly a great piece to inherit and NOT one to sell at a garage sale for $25.00. The new D-15's retail for approximately $1500. As not a vintage guitar as of yet and more of a massed produced piece for Guitar Centers, ect, the Guitar may not appreciate as much as the vintage guitars. But they don't go down in value much either as long as it stays in good shape. Don't let it get humid. When storing loosen the strings and keep it in the case to keep the neck straight. Hope this was helpful.
  5. NativeJewelerylovers NativeJewelerylovers, 2 years ago
    Your guitar production year was 1999. Just checked a site that I have. They currently value 800 - 1000 would be a fair guestimate without holding the guitar.
  6. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Native I so agree with everything you said and most important do NOT store with strings tight . The one I inherited was a vintage Martin , when my step dad became ill the strings were not loose and caused a slight crack in were it attached to base of guitar . Because it was vintage and a sought after model it still held it's value but more than that Martin's lifetime warranty paid to have it repaired when I asked , Not sure if they do lifetime anymore but it was about 5 years ago that they paid to repair it and it was a 1960's or early 70's model .

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