Instrument Details

1937 Martin 000-18 Mahogany/Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Martin
Builder
Martin Guitars
Product Year
1937
Model
000-18
Serial #
66456
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
5404
Condition
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.
Body Type(s)
Small, 000
Back & Sides
Mahogany
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
V - Soft
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Ivoroid
Top Trim
Ivoroid
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Bindings
Tortoise Style
Tuners
Waverly
Tuner Finish
Nickel Open-Geared
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 in
Upper Bout
11.375 in
Lower Bout
15.125 in
Body Depth Heel
3.375 in
Body Depth Tail
4.125 in
Scale Length
24.5 in
Nut Width
1.75 in
String Spacing
2.31 in
Weight
3 lb. 7 oz.
Case
Hard - Guardian
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Description

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.

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!
 
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.
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SCALE LENGTH 24.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.31 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
MAHOGANY

This, folks, is what honest play wear looks like. Makes you proud to call yourself a musician.
 

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.
 
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.
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