Martin | 00018 | 1953 | SN:130042
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- Model: 00018
- Year: 1953
- Top: Sitka spruce
- Back and sides: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 11/16″
- String Spacing: 2 1/8″
- Scale: 24.9″
- Body Length: 19 1/4″
- Lower Bout: 15″
- Upper Bout: 11 1/2″
- Body Depth: 3 3/8″, 4″
- Bridge: Ebony
- Rosette:Line purfling
- Backstrip: Marquetry
- Purfling:Line purfling
This is an early 50’s 00018. The classic combination of spruce and mahogany in a simple trim. The style 18 was listed in 1857 and has gone on to be a popular style. Built in ’53, this guitar has the narrower nut width and has the Sitka spruce top and non-scalloped bracing.
The prior owner Mark has this to say about this guitar “This is a great little 000-18 Martin from 1953, Serial # 130042. It, has some cracks that have been repaired and are very stable. The worn bridge plate has been expertly repaired without being removed, so the string to plate contact is like new. The tuners are not original, and I can put on Waverly tuners for an added cost. The guitar plays well, although someone before me, shaved the bridge rather than reset the neck. It is cosmetically as one would expect from a player’s guitar of this era. Frets are also in good shape.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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