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CF Martin Guitars

On Saturday, May 8th, Capitol Auction will be auctioning off a rare 1948 CF Martin D-28 guitar. Even if you don’t have an interest in guitars, you’ll want to see this one. Besides being 62 years old and made from the finest of woods (Brazilian rosewood, spruce and ebony) it has a heritage that dates back to 1833 when the Martin guitar company was founded.

CF Martin came to America from Germany during the first half of the 19th century and his descendents, in Nazareth, Pennsylvania still run this distinctive company. In fact, CF Martin IV is the current CEO.

While guitars come in many shapes and forms the iconic one that we think of; the one that Roy Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Crosby , Stills, Nash & Young and John Mayer played or plays today is a Martin.

Here’s a picture of the Martin we have for auction.



It has a very distinctive, “woody” sound that befits its age and character. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you on Saturday, May 8th. Who knows, maybe this fine guitar will go home with you!

Terry Mangum – Auctioneer

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Why we collect

My wife and I got into the auction and estate business for a variety of reasons, but one of the main ones was that we like to collect things.  Over time our interests have changed a bit, but the enjoyment of searching for and researching different types of treasures still remains one of the highlights of our spare moments.

One of the fun parts of our job is talking with other collectors.  Everyone has their passion and whether someone collects postcards or Victorian furniture or tractor seats, they have their own distinctive stories about the search and discovery of their many treasures.  I’ve even heard stories of collectors who liquated their entire collection and then started over – searching for more elusive items!

We hope, at Capitol Auction in Salem, that we can help you find one of your treasures.  If you attend our auctions, please be sure to let us know what you’re looking for.  As collectors, we know that you can never know when you might come across the next find.

Hope to see you soon,


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