A real dream guitar is this beautiful Martin 00-17 from 1944 – very balanced and with a warm and clear vintage voice!
It has the much sought-after scalloped bracing – which turns this guitar into a sound cannon! … one of those “holy grail” acoustic guitars!
The pre-war guitars of Martin are obviously the most famous ones … and this is a true player of that time. These guitars from the time shortly before the 2nd World War and during the war, are very popular among collectors.
With these guitars best materials, a sound-optimized construction and careful manual work come together and form so unique dream instruments. The number of guitars built by Martin was very small at that time, so that very few “Pre War” Martins are for sale nowadays.
Apart from having had a neck reset and wear from play and use —which simply proves that this 00-17 has been played a lot —it still has most of its original parts.
The bridge has been professionally replaced and there are some professional repairs all around. The tuners are vintage style replacements. The rest of the blemishes you see on the pictures is just extensive finish wear.
This guitar really stands out as a very fine example of the timeless quality of instruments built by Martin. With a warm and clear voice, strong fundamental presence, amazingly even string balance and classic Martin focus. It is a wonderful fingerstyle guitar, and a great choice for the recording studio.
It comes with a newer case.