A very cool Martin 00-18 from 1953 just came in … the first time we tuned and played it, we were blown away by the huge and open sound of it.
In this time short after the war Martin created wonderful guitars – that are highly sought after today. It was an era where the guitars were built with no commercial consideration whatsoever … they were thin and used the finest first growth tonewoods. Entirely hand built from every perspective. Beautiful mahogany sides and back and a very nice spruce top – makes this guitar to a canon. The guitars of theses period are of the finest of what Martin has produced in all of these years … and that says something with the quality that they have put out over the last 100+ years.
This Martin 00-18 1953 is an old work horse … a player wich has a lot of stories to tell. It has surely had a hard life … but this hard life formed this guitar to what it is today. Many cracks have been repaired and some parts of the finish have received a touchup. One tuner has been replaced.
The neck has been reset and it has received new frets – most parts of the finish are original.
It is one of the most articulate, mature mahogany guitars we’ve owned – just amazing. Rich and deep … with this cool vintage tone. The whole construction and the matured woods create this most haunting voice that can’t be described with any degree of accuracy.
This is one of those: to play it is to want to own it !! guitars.
It comes with a newer case.