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    Sale 2033

    Fine Musical Instruments

    10 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 50


    A GUITAR, STYLE 000-42, NAZARETH, PA., 1939

    Price Realised  


    A GUITAR, STYLE 000-42, NAZARETH, PA., 1939
    The headstock inlaid C.F. Martin & Co. EST 1833, the upper block stamped 000-42 73741, stamped internally C.F. MARTIN & CO NAZARETH, PA., length of back 19 5/16 in (491 mm) with case (2)

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    Of the high end pearl inlaid guitars made by Martin prior to World War II, the OOO-42 is among one of the rarest. Priced at $125 in 1939 it was $60 less than the more expensive Style 45. Compared to the "45", it shared the same high quality Brazilian rosewood back and sides and Adirondack spruce top but lacked the bound headstock and more extensive pearl inlay work.
    Between 1932 and 1943 only 114 were produced with a 14 fret neck. It is this neck length of 14 frets to the body and the body size of the OOO that makes these guitars highly desirable among finger-style blues and ragtime guitarists.

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    Frederick Ray Brown
    Wendell E. Brown
    Kenny Sultan

    The guitar was purchased in 1939 by Fredrick Ray Brown. A talented amateur musician, Brown performed at local Jamborees and Barn Dances in Northern Wisconsin. The guitar passed to his son Wendell E. Brown in 1967, also an amateur musician who performed publicly. With the passing of Wendell Brown in 2004 the guitar remained in the Brown family until June 2006 when it was purchased by Kenny Sultan of Santa Barbara California.
    A professional recording artist, Sultan is known for his virtuosity as a fingerpicker and his interpretations of American country-blues styles. He collects and plays exclusively on C.F. Martin instruments.

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