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1950 Martin 000-18
Great Wood, Great Era, Great Guitar! - Natural
This guitar, very desirable “auditorium” size, came from Alabama and was handed down in a family. Strung with Martin lites, it has a warm and wonderful tone, like you’d expect from this era of Martin (you’d pay $10,000+ for one from the mid-40s’ with scalloped bracing, but these are still very nice guitars. There are several 1950 guitars on the market in similar condition for $5500). It is very light and resonant wood. Overall VG condition and well-cared for during its 60 years; quite clean, smells great inside, and very little finish checking! There are NO cracks that need repair, just a few dings; the back and top are in very nice shape; has had the original tortoise pickguard replaced (and there is a spruce reinforcement inside underneath it, from what was likely the usual pickguard crack); the bridge is unshaved, and is tight; Grover open-back “sta-tite” tuners appear to original, although I am not 100% certain; tortoise binding; mahogany back is very clean, but there are abrasions on both upper bouts; Sitka Spruce top has nice tight grain; as for the neck: not much wear on back of neck; there is some fret wear, esp. lower on neck (appear to be original frets), but does NOT need a refret yet (there is enough meat for partial crown, which it could use). Neck has never been reset, and it plays fine now with “good” action (2mm or 4/64 at 12th fret). There is a little left to file on the saddle, but not much. There are virtually no buzzes that I can find. Nice shaped neck on these older Martins: 1 11/16 nut and 14 frets; Brazilian board; very desirable auditorium size; OHSC w/ green lining; was just inspected by a top Denver luthier.
Price: $sold (USD)