1916 Martin Ditson Model 3 Mahogany Dreadnaught Ukulele
In February, 1916, the Ditson Stores, one of Martin's largest customers,
ordered the first Dreadnaught shaped guitars.
In November of 1915, Ditson began to order ukuleles in all the various
models Martin offered, with a Dreadnaught shape as well.
The Model 3 is one of Martin's most beautiful model ukes, with inlays and
multiple stripes on the fretboard, and a design in Ivoroid on the lower
face. The earliest ukuleles had simple ebony tuning pegs and an
Ivoroid design on the headstock.
1916 Martin Ditson Model 2 Mahogany
1916 Martin Ditson Model 1 Mahogany Dreadnaught Ukulele
1916 Martin Ditson Model 1 Mahogany Ukulele
In 1916, Ditson continued to order ukuleles from Martin in the traditional
Martin style in addition to the new Ditson Dreadnaught shape.
1916 Martin Ditson Model 1 Mahogany Taropatch
Ditson also ordered eight string Taropatches from Martin in the new Ditson
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