Nuts on C. F. Martin Guitars
While the nuts on most Martin guitars were made of ivory, many were
made of ebony, especially on Style 15 and 17 guitars, but also on many
Style 18 guitars including the OM-18.
It is less known that the many of the earliest and finest guitars made by
C.F. Martin himself were made with ebony nuts.
Martin Stauffer c. 1820
1837 Hudson Street Martin
1840's koa Martin & Coupa
1922 Martin 2-17
Martin 1930 2-17
1935 Martin 0-17
1941 Martin 0-15 with Tortoise Headstock Veneer.
Many Style 18 guitars from the war years had ebony nuts.
Nickel Silver Nuts
The nickel silver nut is a typical feature of
1840's Spanish Style Martin guitars.
1840's Martin Alternative X Spanish Guitar
Many Martin and Martin & Coupa guitars from the 1840's had
nickel silver nuts, which I've noticed came in three different
thicknesses, measured from the end of the fretboard to the headstock:
Early Spanish Martin & Coupa
11/64" metal nut
Hybrid X 1-28
9/64" metal nut
Pearl Rosette zig zag border size 1
11/64" metal nut
Pearl Rosette 1-28
1/8" metal nut
All standard rosewood Martin models have ivory nuts.
Many of the ivory nuts on 19th century Martins were quite thin.
1870's Martin 2 1/2 - 26
Martin 1870's 1-28
1874 Martin 1-28
1894 Martin 0-42
The shapes of nuts varied quite a bit over the years, but tended to become
more rounded and angled.
Martin 1897 1-21
Martin 1907 1-28
1913 Martin Foden Special Style E
1917 Martin 0-30
By the late teens, Martin nuts were thicker, finding the form they would
continue with through later years.
1919 Martin 0-45
1926 Martin 0-28
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