From our brokerage client, here's a really great old one - a lovely Vintage 1949 Martin 00-18 in Excellent Original Condition and a non-original old chipboard case. The instrument is surprisingly clean for a 73 year old one with no top cracks and a beautiful barely played neck, fretboard, and frets. Amazing finish checking and ambering of a killer old classic. Other than a few bumps and grinds, she's a very nice example indeed.
Beautiful golden topped with Sitka Spruce has nice grain runout and the Mahog is very even and nice all over. Blacklights evenly and the neck has a very very sweet touch with new Extra Lights we left on the instrument. We did run a set of regular light guage D'Adderios first off and the little beast had a most pleasant volume, bite and dig if you dug!
In 1949 the tapered bracing lent a certain volume and punch that these guitars are known for. I do think that I'd run regular light guage strings on this one. But might also slacken the strings either during after play to keep the extraordinary neck angle intact.
The top is remarkably crack free and no sign of interior cleating and the bridge plate is original. There is some evidence of work wear around the bridge and it's possible that the bridge has been reglued. Replacment Grovers and the finish on the headstock back shows some tuner marks and fracture shown.
There are a few small old and stable lower bout fractures on the back that do not deflect. These are shown in the images, are quite stable and don't appear to require any mitigation at this time. Sides look good and the top is dead flat with plenty of meat on the original old schoot runout Martin saddle.
She plays great up and down the chunky neck with a great action and feel and sits in your lap like she belongs there. Warm woody thump in the belly too!
Nice example of a rare Martin 00 OM for your collection!
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