1937 Martin Archtop


#1

I stopped in a bbq restaurant in Mt. Vernon , Texas to eat lunch and saw a guitar hanging on the wall. Right away i realized it was a Martin. Needless to say i left with it. Does anyone know what a 1937 R17 Martin archtop is worth? It’s not for sale, I’ve just never seen one like this.


#2

Cool, how do you like it?

According to a very old Bluebook (1998), one in excellent shape was worth about $750 back then. I am not sure how much they have gone up since then. Here’s some specs: Arched mahogany top, mahogany back, sides and neck. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge (that would be brazillian!). They were made from 1934 to 1942.


#3

Thanks for the reply.It don’t compare in sound to my HD28 , but it really stands out picking. It plays very well for an old wall hanger.