Here we have a pre-war Martin 0-17 that plays perfectly and sounds tremendously good.
C. F. Martin 0-17 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1937), made in Nazareth (Pennsylvania) natural lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
This is a superb playing and sounding pre-war Martin 0-17 with a very powerful sound for a small body all-mahogany guitar.
This 0-17 was built in1937, by which time the 14-fret version of the model was still a fairly recent development that had already proved a very popular design. 451 of these little mahogany wonders were made this year.
While the 0-17 is plain in appearance and stood near the bottom of the Martin guitar line, it is still built of very high-grade materials to the highest standards.
Then as now 0-17 is a fully professional-quality instrument, extremely responsive with a rich, singing tone.
This guitar shows some wear and has received a repair on the right side, but remains a lovely example, far cleaner than many of these depression era workingman’s guitars.
It has received a neck reset and new frets. The tuners are vintage correct replacements and it has a LR Baggs Element VTC pickup installed.
This guitar plays flawlessly, with a stellar sound. We love these small-body mahogany Martins but the pre-war examples are truly extraordinary guitars, and this is a well better-than-average example.