Two Cool: Martin Reintroduces Style 2 Ukuleles

Before Jason and I started the Fretboard Journal, we put out two issues of the Ukulele Occasional. (If you’d like to delve into the prehistory of the FJ, you can buy a copy of issue 2 that turned up in a box when we moved offices a while ago.) The back story helps explain why we are so excited to hear that Martin is reintroducing their Style 2 line of ukuleles. The mahogany Style 2 was first introduced in 1918 and was part of the standard line until 1965. I think the ivoroid binding was simple but elegant and it has always one of my favorite uke models. The revived Style 2 line will feature 3 body sizes, the Soprano, the Concert (my vote for the coolest one of the three) and the Tenor. Martin will also be offering the Style 2 in koa, which is a nice touch. The original 2K was in the standard line from 1920 to 1933. Vintage 2K sopranos are not too scarce but the koa concerts and tenors are extremely rare. I haven’t had a chance to play one of these new ukes yet, but I’ve been very pleased with the other new Martin ukes I’ve had my hands on. You can get the full specs and prices here.