Only 224 Martin 000-18’s were made in 1926. This example needs extensive restoration and rebuilding, but it’s a good project for the right person. The neck and tuners are fantastic in just their own pairing.
Please read this add carefully. This guitar should only be purchased by someone looking for a restoration project, who can do the work themselves, or is willing to pay to have substantial work done. This guitar has a great neck, and a good top and all the bracing, but the sides in its current state have been severely compromised by a less than talented repair man. This is a cool project for the right person. Tons for pictures for the serious buyer.
My read on this after 25 years of doing this:
This is best viewed as a 1926 000-18 neck with original tuners in fine shape, along with it’s refinished top and top braces, back and side braces. The neck and top alone have value. The bridge plate is original, and has an added layer glued to it which can be removed. The back has been removed, & has two plug holes. The top has been lightly sanded and has two bridge holes from the new bridge. The neck is missing the original finish and has been oversprayed. I’ve compared the backs thickness with a hacklinger gauge to a 1936 000-18, and the back thickness does not appear to have been compromised. It is not in untouched condition though, and has two small plug holes at the tail and neck area for aligning the back. The sides need to be rebuilt. The Treble side may be useable, but I make no guarantees. This is a rebuild. It needs new sides and maybe a back. Look at it that way, and you have an honest summation of where you are.
The inside of the sides are coated in hide glue, which comes off with a damp towel. When the prior amateur luthier owner glued the guitar back together, he made a mess of it. It needs to be disassembled and redone with one new side minimum. It appears hide glue was used on the work. The glue removes easily, which is a good sign. Body takes a dive at the sound hole to the tail, and slopes down. This is the biggest issue. The way to get this out of there is to remove the sides and redo them. The bass side has been severely damaged, rebuilt, and patched. This compromised side has caused the body to distort when it was reassembled. The hide glue on the inside of the sides was less than brilliant. The best way to restore this is to remove the sides and rebuild them. With that it should all fit together well. I believe the damaged side, along with glue on the inside of the sides has caused this distortion. You might be able to remove the hide glue on the bass side and use it – but I have no way of guaranteeing
that. For full-disclosure purposes, I would look at this as a disassembly, with both sides needing a rebuild, and possibly the back, depending upon how picky you are, and go from there. Tons of pics available.
I’m happy to talk about this, send more pics, whatever you need. The neck and the top have value, and I want whoever gets this to know what they are getting.
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