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1931 Martin OM-18 - Acoustic Guitar

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One of the holy grails of Martin: a 1931 OM-18. Freshly restored to peak playing condition by our very own repair staff, this OM-18 has the voice of a well-seasoned angel over 80 years in the making, but the hot-off-the-presses playability of a new instrument! Weighing in at a lean 3lb 3oz, this OM-18 has an immense voice; the bass is dry and pronounced, and those treble strings crackle with energy.

It's always a joy when we have the opportunity to bring these vintage gems back into the limelight, and this one is particularly successful crowd pleaser: everyone who lays hands on it has been blown away by the huge, clean tone. It practically plays itself with an impressive responsive and energetic fundamental.

One of the holy grails of Martin: a 1931 OM-18. Freshly restored to peak playing condition by our very own repair staff, this OM-18 has the voice of a well-seasoned angel over 80 years in the making, ...read full description

    Woods & Trim
  • Back/Sides: Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Adirondack (Red) Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Ebony Belly
  • Rosette: Wood Lines
  • Binding: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Bindings: None
  • Headplate: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Headstock Bindings: None
  • Headstock Inlay: None
  • Top Trim: Wood Lines
  • Back Strip: Black Line
  • Fret Markers: Dots
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Tuner Finish: Nickel
    Measurements
  • Body Size: Medium
  • Scale: 25.4 in. (645.2 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4 in. (44.5 mm)
  • String Spacing: 2 5/16 in. (58.7 mm)
  • Body Length: 19 1/4 in.
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/4 in.
  • Lower Bout: 15 1/8 in.
  • Serial #: 45325
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 3/8 in.
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 in.
  • Frets to body: 14
    Extras
  • Cutaway: None
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Style
  • Case: Hard - Martin molded HSC
  • Pickup: None
  • Condition: Very Good. Recently restored by our very own repair staff with a neck reset, new fingerboard, bridge, nut, and saddle, pickguard released and reglued, several cracks across body (all cleated and stabilized). Typical play wear and finish checking for a vintage Martin.
Artists who play instruments by this builder: Eric Clapton, Norman Blake, John Mayer, Clarence White, Richie Sambora, Steve Earle, Beck, Roger McGuinn, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, Paul Simon, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, George Jones
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1931 Martin OM-18 -  Acoustic Guitar Player Reviews

Player Reviews:

"The definition of a cannon. For such a lightweight guitar, the voice is immense! If this hangs around the shop for long, it's going to be difficult to not buy it up for myself.
I love it when we can restore vintage Martins for the combination of old-school tone and excellent playability. Our repair team knocked it out of the park (figuratively)!"
- Paul Heumiller

"There's just nothing quite like a 1931 OM-18. I love the necks on these guitars and the tone is perfectly balanced. The guitar also weighs next to nothing. This one is a great "player" guitar and is set up perfectly. I would love to own one of these some day." - Al Petteway