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Martin offered mandolins in their catalogs and price lists through 1995, and took customer orders through 2002 when they ended mandolin production entirely with the exception of the Martin Backpacker Mandolin that was produced in Mexico and offered through 2006. Martin IV, is a direct anscetor of the original Christian Martin.
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In 1991, Martin incorporated mandolin serialization in with guitar serialization.
If the guitar were separated from the case, however, there would be no designation of the style number and size. During much of the 19th century, Martins with tuning pegs also had a pegs made of ivory or horn on the back of the headstock for hanging.
In 1934, Martin began stamping the style name and size on the neck block below the serial number. Martin's friend and co-worker from Saxony to New York to Pennsylvania, was listed as a partner for a short time in the late New York period. Raised ivory fingerboard & neck, tapered fretboard No. the front decal was used in conjunction with the stamped logo on the back of the headstock which was still used in this transitional period.
During the years, some of their guitars had the So Cal name stamped on the back of the headstock, some had the Martin name, some both, and some none at all.
The Wurlitzer Company chose to use both their name and the Martin name on some guitars, while you will find only the Wurlitzer name on others.