| Brand: || Martin || Exact Year: || 1920 |
| Body Material: || Mahogany |
C. F. Martin Style 1 Model Taropatch, 1920 , made in Nazareth, PA, dark mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard. The eight-string taropatch (originally called the "Taro Patch fiddle") is one of the early Hawaiian forms of the ukulele. Comparatively few were ever made on the mainland, but the instrument was offered as part of C. F. Martin's early uke line from 1916 through 1931. With eight gut strings on a longer scale neck the taropatch was considered harder to play than the simple uke, and was ordered in vastly smaller numbers. Overall good playing condition, th ough missing four of the original tuning pegs. There is a straight, five-inch hairline crack up the center of the body (see pics) that could be easily repaired. Some scratches on the body as well. This taropatch is not a perfect collector's piece but in generally excellent condition, a great example of a very rare and beautiful early Martin ukulele family instrument, one that seldom turns up today.Four original tuning pegs and dust cover included. If you want any other close ups, please just ask.