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[The book] is copiously illustrated with color photos of some of the earliest known Martin guitars, along with many photos and drawings of musicians from the 1830s through the 1870s."--Acoustic Guitar "[The book] is an attractive and entertaining history of the 19th-century American music trade as well as a well-researched history of the earliest days of America's premier guitar builders, and its appeal will be wide."--Vintage Guitar "Martin owners will delight in [this] release. Gibson has used various methods of numbering from 1900, so it is not simply based on the serial number to identify the year of manufacture..
However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.
Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock or acoustic in the sound hole.
The acoustic models are manufactured since late 1989 in Bozeman, Montana.
Then they started putting decals on the front of the headstock in 1930.
Until 1932, they continued to stamp the back of the headstock with CF Martin & Co.