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Owners comments : “This is the last Martin guitar from our rapidly dwindling archives. It is a very restorable 0-18, Serial number 28098, built in 1926. There are cracks in the Adirondack spruce top and the mahogany back and sides. There are a couple of small impact breaks in the sides which have been fairly well repaired. It’s possible that the back has been off but if so, it was skillfully put back together.
There are a number of repaired cracks in the back and sides and inside the guitar there are a number of tiny, diamond-shaped wood cleats. There are other open cracks in the back and sides which have not been repaired. There is only one small crack in the top next to the bass side of the fingerboard and extending into the sound hole. Some small areas of finish on the back and sides have been scraped away.
The bridge is missing. The original bracing and bridge plate do not appear to have been damaged, repaired or modified. The ebony fingerboard retains the original “bar” frets in excellent condition. The neck is straight but the neck angle looks a bit high to me. The original tuning machines with grained “ivoroid” buttons are in excellent condition. We can see no damage to the mahogany neck – no cracks, breaks or old repairs.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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