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1937 Martin 000-18 - Acoustic Guitar

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This, folks, is what honest play wear looks like. Makes you proud to call yourself a musician. We're looking at a 1937 Martin 000-18 which has been resurrected by our very own repair staff, returned to the pristine playing condition as the barn dance guitar of its youth! The previous owner confided with us that her family used this 000-18 for local barn dances for much of the first decades of its life.

If there's a some play wear and pick marks, you know they were well-earned in the line of duty. Naturally, she's completely opened up! The Mahogany and Spruce body lends a dry, woody tone to the voice, and man oh man can she belt it out when you dig in; at just over three pounds, this 000-18 has magnificent projection. Flatpicks or fingers, you'll get the same snappy response. The neck profile is a soft V that's a bit more rounded out than our 1931 OM-18, but feels just as intimate. Years and years of left hands have worn the neck to a satin-smooth sheen. Now, freshly restored, this 000-18 has a long llife behind it, and a long life yet to go.

This, folks, is what honest play wear looks like. Makes you proud to call yourself a musician. We're looking at a 1937 Martin 000-18 which has been resurrected by our very own repair staff, returned to the pristine ...read full description

    Woods & Trim
  • Back/Sides: Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Ebony Belly
  • Rosette: Ivoroid
  • Binding: Tortoise Style
  • Fingerboard Bindings: None
  • Headplate: Rosewood
  • Headstock Bindings: None
  • Headstock Inlay: Builder Logo
  • Top Trim: Ivoroid
  • Back Strip: Wood Line
  • Fret Markers: Dots
  • Tuners: Waverly Relic
  • Tuner Finish: Nickel Open-Geared
    Measurements
  • Body Size: Small
  • Scale: 24 1/2 in. (622.3 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 3/8 in.
  • Lower Bout: 15 1/8 in.
  • Serial #: 66456
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 3/8 in.
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 1/8 in.
  • Frets to body: 14
    Extras
  • Cutaway: None
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Style
  • Case: Hard - Guardian
  • Pickup: None
  • Condition: Very Good. Freshly restored by our very own repair staff! Neck reset, refret, new bridge, plate, & ebony pins, several body cracks (cleated and stabilized), small bass-side hole (plugged and stabilized), typical play wear across body but restored to like new playing condition.
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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1937 Martin 000-18 -  Acoustic Guitar Player Reviews

Player Reviews:

"When we first came across this guitar, I could tell it was a diamond in the rough that needed some tender loving care to make it shine. Our repair staff was just the team to do it--there's plenty of vintage grit left so you can tell where it came from, but the playability and setup are spot-on and as familiar as your favorite guitar. I agree with Al: help me keep my personal collection down by snatching this 000-18 up before I do!" - Paul Heumiller

"When I saw this guitar come into the shop, I was hoping they could bring it back to life and they have done a wonderful job. These are among the greatest guitars ever made, in my opinion and I have a hard time putting something like this down. Please buy it so that I'm not tempted any more." - Al Petteway