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    Sale 2033

    Fine Musical Instruments

    10 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 9

    THE BABYFACE, STYLE 000C-16RB

    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY

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    THE BABYFACE, STYLE 000C-16RB
    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY
    A guitar, Nazareth, PA., 1999, the headstock bearing the logo C.F. Martin & Co. EST. 1833, the fingerboard inlaid Babyface, labeled C.F. Martin & Co. 000C-16RB Babyface Signature Edition Babyface C.F. Martin IV Prototype #2 of 4 The Martin Guitar Company Nazareth, Pennsylvania USA, bearing the serial number 713982, length of back 19 3/8 in (493 mm) with case (2)


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    The OOOC-16RB is ostensibly an OOO-28EC with a few alterations, most notably the single cut-away body. The soundboard is of European alpine spruce rather than the North American wood usually used by Martin, and the soundhole rosette is of pearl. Being a left handed player Martin felt it fitting that the Babyface Signature model be offered in both left and right hand variations. This is now standard practice for most of the guitars made by Martin.

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