Martin | 0-18 | 1922 | SN:16985
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Owners comments : “This guitar is need of some repairs. I aquired this a few years ago thinking that I would repair it. However, It is a bit beyond what my skills. It has a few cracks on the back that need fixed. There is a big ding on the edge where the back meets the side on the bass side upper bout.
The side crack was not perfectly aligned when previously repaired. However, it is solid, and does not look too bad. Some installed a classical style bridge, instead of the original pyramid bridge. The original bridge plate seems unmolested and in good shape if you wanted to put a replacement bridge on it. THe original finish is in good shape, exept for the area between the bridge and the tailblock.
It looks like someone tried to french polish over it, but didn’t know what the were doing. A piece of the rosewood binding will need reattatched. The (most likely) orginal bar frets are all there. Some will need reseated. It may or may not need a neck reset. I think that neck angle is alright, but I have never had this guitar under string tension, so I do not know exactly how it will behave. This guitar has a spruce top, mahagony back, sides, and neck. The fingerboard is ebony. The replacement bridge is rosewood.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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