Dating my martin ukulele
Gauge: M600 Soprano .0191 .0251 .0340 .0220 Martin & Co. Like their guitars, each string is made with patience, care, and precision with only the highest quality materials producing strings with exacting tone and superior performance. Martin Clear Fluorocarbon Nylon Ukulele Strings M600 Soprano/Concert Martin Clear Fluorocarbon Nylon Ukulele Strings M620 Tenor Martin Clear Fluorocarbon Nylon Ukulele Strings M630 Baritone I love these strings.
Not only are their packaging materials minimized and 100% recyclable, but the envelopes reduce the tarnishing effect on the strings. They seem to sound great on a variety of ukuleles imho.
Specifications: Model: S1 Uke Construction: Applied Dovetail Neck Joint Body Size: Soprano Ukulele Top Material: Mahogany Rosette: Multi-Stripe Bracing Pattern: Soprano Ukulele Brace Shape: Non-Scalloped Brace Material: Sitka Spruce Brace Size: 1/4" Back Material: Mahogany Side Material: Mahogany Neck Material: Select Hardwood Neck Shape: Soprano Ukulele Neck Taper: Standard Taper Plek: No Nut Material: White Tusq Headstock Shape: Solid with Ukulele Profile Headplate Logo Style: Script Overlay Fingerboard Material: Sipo Scale Length: 13.614'' Neck Joins Body At: 12th Fret Number of Frets Total: 17 Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 13/32'' Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 1 13/16'' Fingerboard Inlay Material: White Plastic Fingerboard Inlay Style: Dots Side Dots: White Back and Side Finish: Hand Rubbed Back and Sides Color: Light Mahogany Finish Top: Hand Rubbed Top Color: Light Mahogany Finish Neck: Hand Rubbed Neck Color: Light Mahogany Bridge Material: Sipo Bridge Style: Soprano and Concert Ukulele Bridge String Spacing: 1 41/64'' Saddle: Compensated White Tusq Saddle Radius: Flat Tuning Machines: Nickel Uke Peg Recommended Strings: Ukulele Clear Fluorocarbon Soprano/Concert (M600) Knob: White Case: Soft Gig Bag Label: Paper Label I am really impressed with this uke. this may not be a 3K but it is worthy of the Martin name.
The Martin S1 soprano ukulele was the successor to the short-lived Martin S-O uke that I have as well in my uke closet.
This assertion is true for guitars only, as bar frets were still in use on smaller instruments decades later.
When I first read your post, I thought initially that maybe you had an old one made before 1935 because Martin only stamped their name on the back of the headstock and on the inside center backstrip until 1935.
There was nothing on the front of the headstock up to 1935.
I have read that Martin did not put serial numbers on their baritones. If I remember correctly production was halted in the late 70s. When I replaced the strings, there was a bit of vibration that cause a buzz. The sticker is more of a metal badge pressed into the wood. Now that I've been looking at it more closely, the binding (is that the panel or the edge? Where the corners have seen some wear, it looks like the two pieces simply meet without any "strip".
When my guitar tech handed me some grommets they didn't fit, so maybe they were the same holes for the peg tuners. Also, the images I've seen of the neck and fretboard generally come all the way down to the soundhole, or end on the body with the stereo-typical bracket shape.