The Martin 00-15 acoustic guitar has a grand concert style body with a satin finish, solid mahogany top, back, sides, and neck, and the traditional Martin resonance which high quality mahogany tonewoods produce. Recent MSRP’s range around $1800, so the 00-15 is not the most expensive or ornate Martin; however, with its tortoise pick guard and herringbone decal rosette, it is still a striking instrument. The solid East Indian rosewood belly-style bridge with white black-dot pins, solid rosewood fingerboard with pearl-dot inlay, solid mahogany headstock with raised gold foil logo, and enclosed chrome Martin small-knob tuners finish the picture of a quality guitar, topped off, of course, with the C. F. Martin name on the headstock which says it all.
The playability and sound verify the quality promised by the name. The bright tone of the solid mahogany tonewoods in an American-made Martin makes the 00-15 a tremendous value, promising a lifetime of great performances. The 00-15 has a 14/20-fret fingerboard, a 25.4” scale, a width of 1 11/16” at the nut and 2 1/8” at the 12th fret, and a compensated saddle. The Martin mortise/tenon neck joint and “A-frame” X-bracing of the top combine with the great strength of mahogany to allow for thinner, more responsive tonewoods, making for the rich hard-driving sound characteristic of the 00-15, despite its relatively body size. The serial number (837386) indicates that this Martin was produced in 2001—just long enough ago to age the tonewoods toward maximum resonance.
However, there was some kind of natural—or unnatural—disaster which fractured the treble side of this gem, severely cracking the back in the process. The previous owner apparently decided to repair it, and realizing that he would need to re-finish the damaged side to minimize the cosmetic effect of the repair, he first stripped the finish off the entire guitar except for the overlay of the headstock. Having done that, he apparently lost interest, removed the removable parts, and presumably got another guitar, or took up chess, or something, leaving this quite fixable project for someone with a bit more talent and/or determination.
So: the bad news is that there are extensive cracks and splits in the treble side and back and the guitar will need at least a coat of clear finish to protect the wood after the repair. The good news is that structurally, it otherwise seems quite sound: the neck is straight and well set, I believe the braces are in place (although some will no doubt need to be re-glued), and I see no cracks in the neck, the top, or the bass side. I have contributed a new set of Martin enclosed tuners, a nut, a new bridge and saddle, and some bridge pins, but it needs a pick guard and a rosette decal. Still and above all, shining on the untouched headstock is the raised gold foil C. F. Martin logo, certifying that it was born and bred in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and that it is fully capable of singing again.
The included inexpensive vinyl gig bag is primarily for shipping purposes, to protect the exposed parts. I am sure you will want to acquire a solid hard shell case for this valuable guitar after its restoration.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $45 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashiers checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have made every effort to describe and illustrate this PROJECT guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy it. Its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing.
Thank you for your interest in this cool project.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.