That 150-year-old Martin acoustic found in the back of a woman’s house has sold to an ex-Fender CEO

Martin 1870s parlor guitar
(Image credit: Studio 1 Vintage Instruments)

In late October, it was reported that an 85-year-old woman based in New Zealand had stumbled on a piece of music history, when she unearthed a dusty Martin acoustic guitar from the 1870s in her back room.

At the time, the vintage parlor guitar was appraised by multiple experts from the US and Martin historians, and was valued at around $15,000 – a sum that equated to a $25,000 NZ dollars.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.