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Comment by Jud Hair on February 12, 2013 at 9:23am

Floridagull ... Isn't it 1949 ?  Either way the bidding is going to skyrocket, but something pre-war would be worth more.  Already up $1,000 since you posted.

Comment by FloridaGull on February 12, 2013 at 5:56am

There's an old (they say 1941) martin on Goodwill - just putting it up so we can look at it - its up to $1576.99...

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Comment by Edward Sparks on February 7, 2013 at 5:55am
Thanks FG...very cool history on a company that created a lot if history!!!
Comment by FloridaGull on February 7, 2013 at 5:52am

Boy - I created some discussion!  Cool... ;-)

Now, here's some more - from the same Wikipedia article - which I usually do not like, but there we are...

"After Sigma musical instruments were built in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, they were sent to Martin & Co. in Nazareth, Pennsylvania to be inspected and adjusted by Martin personnel before going to an authorized retail store for sale to the public.[9] These inspections and adjustments were made in the "old" Martin building on North St.(c1865,) then known as the Import house.

The DR-28 was manufactured in Japan, Korea and Taiwan while the SDR-28 and the SDR-28H appear to have been manufactured in Korea and Taiwan only, starting in early 1984. The DR-28 was of a solid Spruce top with laminated Rosewood sides and back while the SDR-28 and SDR-28H was made with a solid Spruce top and solid Rosewood sides and back. The DR-28 and SDR-28 and SDR-28H are clones to the original Martin D-28 and HD-28 guitars and are high quality instruments.

It has been suggested that these SDR branded instruments were the precursor, or pilot program for what has now become C.F. Martins own in-house, less expensive, "X" series of laminated wood guitars.[citation needed][10]

Sigma also made a DR-28SC model manufactured in Japan and an SDR-28SC model made in Korea. SC stands for (Sunburst Color)"

The year seems to be correct for this to be an SDR-28H - so, actually all-solid...

Comment by Craig MC on February 6, 2013 at 3:50pm

Just read the wikipedia entry michael posted. there are some differences from the posted ad from Wolfe. Wiki says Japanese production ended '83 and moved to Korea, but "made in..." is burned inside for both. Also that most Sigmas except earliest were lam b/s. seems to be some controversy on that point. Martin says they were lam, apparently.

Comment by michael schwartz on February 6, 2013 at 12:37pm
Comment by Edward Sparks on February 6, 2013 at 12:31pm
Jus, I believe you are correct. I believe the Sigmas, and maybe the Shenandoahs too, were produced in Japan and shipped to Nazareth for finishing and final assembly. Then they were inspected and sold here.
Comment by Robin June Nakkula on February 6, 2013 at 12:20pm

Jud, I seem to recall that or something very near it being said about the Shenandoahs, though that doesn't mean the Sigmas weren't the same way.

Comment by Jud Hair on February 6, 2013 at 11:53am

If I'm not mistaken, early on, the Sigmas were actually assembled in Nazereth from Japanese produced parts.  At least I think that's what I read.  Now this could be completely wrong.  If so, someone correct me.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 6, 2013 at 11:12am
The music store I worked in, circa 1984 - 1986, sold these for $99 to around $225, depending on the model. We also had a 1964 Fender Strat that was found in a supplier's warehouse - I regret not buying that one. The Sigma's were OK, but they are what they are.

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