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    The seller say's this is a style 5, if so I think it is the first one I have seen with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides and a Spruce top. It sure is sweet.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-MART...#ht_2476wt_917
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    Man, is that ever a sweet old Martin tenor guitar. I wonder what it will go up to?

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    Default Re: 1927 Martin Tenor guitar

    Cough cough...

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    Spruce - is this yours?

    I lost on a recent 53 Martin tenor that was minus it's neck. It went for about $150 more than my top. I thought it would make a manageable project. Been jonesing for a tenor.
    Wish someone offered a kit.
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    I doubt it is Spruces, the seller thinks the back and sides are Mahogany.

    Spruce, do you know this instrument?
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    No, I was coughing because that thing is totally tripping my trigger...
    I've been looking for an old Martin tenor, and I never even knew such a thing existed...
    What a lovely instrument...

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    Default Re: 1927 Martin Tenor guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    . Been jonesing for a tenor.
    Wish someone offered a kit.
    Jim, Waldron Guitars, from Bell Buckle TN, offers one.......

    http://www.waldronmusic.com/product_...oducts_id=1124
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    Seller says the previous owner, a Mr. Schmiedel, played in "bluegrass bands" around San Francisco in the "'20's and '30's."

    So we have a new chronology for bluegrass, decades earlier than currently thought; a new bluegrass pioneer, Albert Schmiedel; and a new bluegrass instrument, tenor guitar. So much accepted history overthrown by a single eBay posting!

    Dimensions as stated seem correct for a "5" body:

    Martin Flat Top Body Sizes.

    Size Frets Width Depth Body Len
    ---- ----- ----- ----- -------

    5 12 11 1/4 3 7/8 16

    Rosewood body and ornamentation seem consistent with "28" models, so this could be called a 5-28T, right?
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    This tenor guitar is a style 5-21T.

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    That thing is awesome. 1K doesn't sound too bad. Like bruce, I wonder what it will end at?
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    Default Re: 1927 Martin Tenor guitar

    Maybe it's just the pictures, but it looks refinished to me.
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    A 5-21T has been on and off the Seattle Craig's List for a couple of years now. Seller wants a lot more than 1K.
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    Default Re: 1927 Martin Tenor guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    A 5-21T has been on and off the Seattle Craig's List for a couple of years now. Seller wants a lot more than 1K.
    Just sold at $2100.
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    I agree, probably an old refinish. Cool guitar.

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