Retrofret Stock # 7194. C. F. Martin 5-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1959), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 168780, natural lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, spruce top; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The model 5-18 is Martin's entry into the all-time cutest guitar sweepstakes, and a very playable and good sounding instrument despite its diminutive size. The "modern" 5-18 is based on the company's 19th century terz guitar patterns, with an 11" body and short scale just over 21". With appeal beyond its obvious suitability for young students, the 5-18 was steadily produced-albeit in small numbers- for much of the 20th century. The guitar was a solid seller through the 1950's, averaging well over 100 units per yearï¿œuntil 1959 when only were shipped out, making this one a member of that select club. With a sparkling sound and unmatched portability, this littlest Martin remains a well regarded instrument today for travel, recording and even live use. Dolly Parton is a longtime fan, and has been seen with a 5-18 over the years. Marty Robbins was particularly fond of this model in the late 1950's and was often seen with one, sometimes strumming and sometimes paddling up an imaginary stream!Overall length is 33 3/8 in. (84.8 cm.), 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 in. (10.2 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 21 3/8 in. (543 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). The guitar has had some serious play and general wear but sounds great, with a lot of sound for such a little box. There is a recent neck reset and a new saddle, so playability is excellent. There is a repaired crack on the top below the bridge and typical pickguard crack, sealed but visible. There are a couple of repaired cracks on the back, and a patch in the side above them with some overfinish. The G string tuner is bent but still completely functional. Overall a well-worn-in guitar with a lot of vibe! Very Good + Condition.

Year Condition Color Case
1959 Very Good natural lacquer None


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