Martin | 000-18 | 1936 | SN: 63278
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- Model: 00018
- Year: 1935
- Serial Number: 63278
- Top: Adirondack Red spruce
- Back and sides: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 3/4″
- String Spacing: 2 1/4″
- 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 30’s 00018. One of the ___ built that year, 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 ’36, this guitar has the wider nut width of it’s OM predecessors but with the shorter scale length. It also has the sought after Adirondack or red spruce top and scalloped bracing.
The prior owner Rudy has this to say about this guitar “vintage 1936 Martin 000-18 serial number 63278, being sold to help fund the purchase of a new Somogyi. At the risk of sounding like a heretic, as much as I enjoy the incredible sound of a pre-war Martin I prefer the tone of guitars being produced by the top luthiers today.
From my private collection, this vintage Martin is the real deal. Besides a few professionally repaired rib cracks, the guitar has absolutely no problems. Adirondack top and back completely crack and repair free. Low action, straight neck, no buzzing, neck never reset and unbelievably no need for one.
As you can see from the photos the guitar is well worn/played but that’s because it is one of the best sounding guitars I have ever had pleasure of playing. Lots of hype these days about the “classic pre-war Martin” tone, but this one has it in spades. Light as a feather, beautifully wide open resonant tone which can only come with A 73 year old well played Adirondack top and the pre-1945 scalloped braces. The nut width was still 1 3/4″ which is very comfortable for fingerstyle. Scale is 24.9.
Frets, bridgeplate, pins, nut, saddle, tuners, finish etc. all original. When I purchased the guitar the owner stated that he believed the bridge was replaced. A local luthier who I had go over the guitar when I purchased it, reglued the bridge, re-profiled the original saddle and recrowned the original frets stating he believed the bridge could be original.
Guitar comes with the original case which as can be seen has had better days. The original case is still functionally sound and will hold the guitar safely. What this guitar lacks in beauty (although I personally enjoy the look of a guitar with mojo) it more than makes up with it’s incredible voice.
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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