1937 CF Martin 000-18 #66607
Plenty of play wear, nicks and dings but this pre-war 000-18 plays and sounds great. The guitar has no top cracks or side cracks. The back has 3 old repaired cracks that are tight, level and stable. One of the back cracks is accompanied by an impact dent in the wood, looks like it got dinged pretty good back in the day, see pics. There was also some finish touch up done over that crack repair that is visible only on close inspection. The rest of the body shows typical surface scrapes, play wear, etc from 83 years of making music. The guitar has had the bridge replaced, the bridge is properly shaped for the era but has a drop-in saddle slot (which is not correct), my guess is to facilitate the installation of the Fishman pickup that is in the guitar. Easily removed if desired. All of the interior bracing is original and secure, the bridge plate is original and in good condition. The nut is also a replacement (bone). All other aspects of the guitar are original (finish, tuners, etc). The guitar has had a neck reset and a refret, the frets are in excellent shape and the neck angle is good. The top shows top deflection (belly) behind the bridge that is fairly typical of pre-war Martins. The nut width is 1 3/4", the scale length is 24.9". The neck has a full but comfortable "C" profile. The action measures (at the 12th fret) 6/64" at the low E and 5/64" at the high E. Sounds huge. Comes with a non-original, modern hard shell case. $12,500
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