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Thread #59438   Message #947054
Posted By: Wesley S
06-May-03 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: 1933 Martin OO-42 found in a closet
Subject: 1933 Martin OO-42 found in a closet
We were at rehearsal last night when a friend of ours - Kent - droped by. He's a pastor of a small church west of Ft Worth. He wanted us to look at a guitar that some church members had found in a closet. It belonged to their dad. They wanted to know if it was worth repairing - and could it be valuable. Yep - it was...

We opened up the original hardshell case and found a pristine 1933 { we checked the 5 digit serial number } OO-42 Martin. The bridge has lifted slightly off the body but that looks like it can be easily repaired. Otherwise it's in fantastic shape. Some discoloration where the hands and arm came in contact with the body and some small dents on the neck where a capo has been used but that's it. No cracks - no major dings - and no structural damage. Just some buckle damage on the back. The only thing that would let you know that it's old is the finish crackles.

We were chomping at the bit to hear what it sounded like but it has to go to a repairman first. Any suggestions in the Ft Worth or Dallas area ? And as to value I told Kent I figured it would start at 10,000 to 15,000. Am I in the ballpark?

Special bonus attractions were : a rattlesnake rattle was inside the body when I looked for the serial number AND the original 1933 Martin catalog it was ordered from. It only cost $115.00 when purchased { I'll take two please! }. It was a real hoot to see an OM-45 sold for a little over $200.00 back then.

Thanks for letting me share - I felt like a kid in a candy store. I'll let you know what it souds like after we get it repaired