A wonderful and extremely rare 1920s Martin (8-string) 3M Taropatch Ukulele handcrafted by C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, PA.
This historical and rare Martin taropatch ukulele was handcrafted of a Mahogany wood top, back, sides, and bridge with a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. Five-ply concentric ivroid rosette and three-ply top purfling with matching ivroid top and back binding, mustache inlay at the butt of the instrument, and kite headstock inlay. 8-string tuning configuration for accompaniment playing. Classic vintage Martin wood stain and natural finish. Matching paua shell diamond shaped inlay on positions 5 and 9 with a bow-tie fretboard inlay on position 7.
A wonderful dry and aged wood sound with a broad range of tones and a fuller sound when compared to its four-stringed cousin, the ukulele. Friction tuners account for challenges in tuning but add tremendously to the character of this historical piece. Minor cosmetic issues and repairs but overall good condition considering the age and rarity of this piece. A wonderful playing instrument that is quite the collectible piece as well.