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  • Looking at a used Martin

    Posted by Bluegrasspicker2020 on July 27, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    I’m Looking at buying a used Martin d41 it has a weird number on it by that I mean it has a blank square at the end of it (see pic) thinking this may be a fake or is it legit? Any insight is welcome


    That_Guy replied 10 months, 2 weeks ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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  • jumpinjeff

    July 27, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    Have you seen the guitar in person? I ask because the pic shown looks like someone is obscuring the serial number intentionally. There is a digit where the black square is…hopefully. The corresponding guitar with only 5 digits would be old and extremely rare and none of those had a black square in the serial number. Looks to me like someone trying to keep the number hidden.

    • Bluegrasspicker2020

      July 27, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      No I Saw this online and messaged the guy about more pics and the serial number so he sent this pic of the number I’m trying to figure out if it’s a fake the company that is selling it is from India

      • Bluegrasspicker2020

        July 28, 2023 at 11:40 am

        Thanks for the help I could not find any thing about it on line or Martins with a missed number. looked at it this morning and it had sold no regrets I feel like it was a scam the guy never texted me back with the made in USA by Martin stamp picture and by the way it was priced very low like to good to be true.

        thanks again for the input

    • terry-w-m-36

      July 27, 2023 at 6:23 pm

      Not that I’m any kind of expert but I think that serial number dates back to 1975

      They made 452 that year. It was only the 6th year of production for that model.

      It would make it a pretty valuable instrument. I really investigate it closely


      • This reply was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by  terry-w-m-36.
  • ChuckS

    July 28, 2023 at 7:21 am

    Suggest you contact Martin directly and ask them if this is legit

  • -Rick-

    July 28, 2023 at 11:21 am

    I don’t know Martin politics- but to me, first thing comes to mind, it may be a factory 2nd or “B” denoting potential cosmetic flaw that was factory authorized repair causing a serial number alteration and price reduction my Martin passed along to a distributor. Just my guess,

  • ChuckS

    July 28, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Here is a Martin site where you can enter your Martin Guitar serial # and it will give you the year. It also has all kinds of other great info wrt specs, etc. on Martin guitars.


    So, I entered your serial # and it came up as 1928 which we know is wrong as they didn’t start making the D-41 until 1969. So, the serial # is legit, but it does not belong to this guitar, or some part of the Serial # is missing. It all sounds quite suspect.

    Just for fun I entered the serial #s for my D-35 and D-16 and the years were spot on.

    • Bluegrasspicker2020

      July 28, 2023 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you I saved the link for future reference the more I think about the more I’m glad I didn’t buy it

  • That_Guy

    July 30, 2023 at 9:54 am

    They def obscured the last number using the computer. Perhaps so scammers wouldnt know which exact serial number was a d-41 serial so they cant try to reproduce it. If they use a random number and someone looked it up it would be obvious that its the wrong guitar.

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by  That_Guy.

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