A solid and quite original Martin 0-42 from the early years of the 20th Century, with original inlaid Handel tuners. Original varnish (French polish) finish on the back, sides, and neck, with no cracks to the neck or the rosewood on the body. The top has 3 cracks, and the center seam of the two-piece top had opened. All cracks were repaired years ago and the top was French polished. The original binding on the back has 3 cracks, the binding on the top edge has about a half-dozen more, the fingerboard binding has several cracks on the treble side but all these binding separations are glued and tight, no pieces are missing or replaced. Orignal bridge and bridge pins, bridge has been reglued. All interior bracing is original, including the bridge plate. The underside of the top of this 0-42 is dated 6/4/07 and signed "F. H. M.", the initials of Frank Henry Martin who headed the company from 1889 until the mid-1940s. Frank Henry worked alongside the other workmen in Martin's small factory during this period, doing the company's bookkeeping in the evening. Although made for gut strings, like virtually all Martin guitars of this period and earlier, this 0 model works well with very light silk & steel strings as are on it now. Gryphon sold this instrument back in 2006, and it hasn't seen any changes since then. Comes with a hardshell case from the '60s/early'70s that is slightly oversized.