Serial #29496

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Model: 2-17
Built: 1927
Entry Date: 10-31-2009
Source: UMGF
Contributor: steve Zany(UMGF)
Comments:
   "I came across someone selling a 1927 Martin 2-17 parlor guitar in my area who's asking $1,600 for it. Wondering if that's a fair price given the following circumstances:"
   " * It was found in an attic and repaired/restored 20 years ago by an authorized Martin repair center."
   " * According to the seller it was "a mess" when it was first found. Specifically, many of the guitar's parts had come unglued, there were some cracks and the neck was "completely warped out.""
   " * The authorized repair center restored it by gluing it back together and repairing the two cracks -- one on the top and one on the bottom. They also delaminated the fingerboard and added a steel truss rod per Martin's recommendation."
   " * The guitar appears to be in good condition otherwise and apparently everything (aside from the truss rod, 2 bridge pins and the end pin) is all original, including the original varnished finish. "
   Truss rod is not adjustable

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Model: 2-17
Built: 1927
Entry Date: 11-01-2009
Source: UMGF
Contributor: steve Zany(UMGF)
Comments:
   "Just checked out the guitar in person and learned a bit more."
   " * The guitar is in good shape and sounds good. Everything remains original except 2 bridge pins and an end pin."
   " * Repairs made: When the guitar was discovered in the attic by the seller only the braces and kerf lining had come loose. (I guess that's what he meant by "the guitar was in pieces." ) So the repair was done 20-years ago by removing the back of the guitar and re-gluing the original braces and kerf lining. It does not appear that hide glue was used for the repairs. Also there appears to be glue added to reinforce the binding at the waist of the guitar on either side. The repairs to the cracks to the top and bottom of the guitars are quite clean."
   " * The truss rod that was installed is non adjustable apparently. (I'm assuming it's a truss rod. There's a small bolt deep inside the guitar where the neck meets the body.)"
   " * There's a 1-inch crack on the side of the guitar. However the crack only appears to be in the finish (i.e., it doesn't go all the way through). No repair was made to it."
   " * A slight bit (1/8") of top binding is loose at the tail of the guitar where the seams meet."

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