Martin made three basic style of mandolins, the early
round backs, the flat backs, and the later carved top and back mandolin.
Martin Round Back Mandolins
The earliest Martin mandolins were the traditional round backs,
made in the style of European mandolins.
Martin Style 5
All original, with original leather case.
Martin Carved Top Mandolins
Martin's carved top, two-point mandolins were made as both the oval
sound hole Styles 15, 20, and 30, starting in 1929, and the "F" hole
Styles 2-15, 2-20, and 2-30, added in 1935.
Martin's carved top, two-point mandolins were their closest
competition to Gibson's popular "F" Series mandolins.
1940 Martin 2-20 Mandolin
Martin Flat Top Mandolins
1915 Martin Briggs Mandolin
1916 Martin Bitting Special Mandolin
Martin Ditson A Mandolin
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