This is a transitional version of Martin's iconic Style 3 M soprano uke. It's essentially the same as the pre-WWII Style 3, but Martin ceased using the little rectangular fretboard inlays in late 1944 (as they did on guitar models), instead switching to small celluloid dots. A few years later, circa 1949, the celluloid "shield" at the base of the top, just over the tail block, was also dropped. So while we can't be sure of the exact year this uke was made, we know it falls between those two dates.

This little Style 3 is in good condition, the crack in the top (on the bass side) was repaired here at Gryphon. At some point it was probably exposed to high humidity, as the lacquer finish has lots of checking or crazing that's pretty evenly distributed over the entire surface. It's kind of a nice patina, but yes, it would have been nice if that hadn't happened and both the finish crazing and repaired crack are reflected in the price. Original tuners and comes with the original Geib chipboard case..

stock no. 44307

ModelStyle 3 M Soprano
TopMahogany
Back and sidesMahogany
Frets to body12
Nut width1 13/32"
Scale length13.614"
Bridge materialRosewood
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialMahogany
Total frets17
CaseOrig Chip