MARTIN 0-18 1937
Players love their little Martins and this is a great one from the so-called Golden Era of Martin guitars. Made in 1937 in Nazareth, PA, this one sports the coveted 'advanced' X-brace. It won't win a beauty contest, but makes up for it in 'personality', for sure ... a true 'mojo' guitar.
Body and neck are mahogany, and the top is Adirondack spruce. Fingerboard and bridge (repro) are ebony. Tuners are the original Grovers.
The fingerboard measures a hair under 1 3/4" at the nut, and string spacing is 2 5/16" at the saddle. Scale length is all of 25", and the guitar intonates well. Action is set at 4 & 6/64".
Recent repairs include a period exact ebony bridge and maple bridge plate (Kovacik). The pick guard was removed and a crack was glued and the pick guard reattached; some tight cracks in the waist and bout area were glued; a small dent/chip-out hole was filled in the lower bass bout; frets were leveled and dressed neck reset; one back brace glued.
Although the top shows great wear and scratching, there are no other top cracks other than the pg crack mentioned. There is also a 'witness' mark from a prior over-size bridge. Back and sides show considerable nicks and dings, but the neck is very smooth and soft in the hand. There is an original decal from the store in which the guitar was first purchased on the back of the head stock, a nice piece of guitar history. Original tuners, ivory nut and saddle remain on the guitar. Missing its end pin. The guitar is currently structurally sound.
And speaking of sound ... this one will cause the angels to drop their harps in awe. Sustain, power, sweetness all across the spectrum.
Comes with a new deluxe hard case designed to fit a Martin size 0 guitar.
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