1943 Martin 00-18 Acoustic Guitar
Posted on January 12 2021
This amazing 1943 Martin 00-18 acoustic guitar in natural finish came through the shop last year. It's in near mint condition of free of significant finish checking, fading, or cracks. I was thrilled to find it still housed in its original chipboard case and even had its original receipt!
A local family here in Birmingham, Alabama inherited this beautiful example from a relative who passed. The guitar was dusty dirty but completely untouched by prior repairs. I took it to a fabulous luthier I've been working with for over 10 years now for a neck reset, bridge reglue, and a new bone saddle. He did a fantastic job and the guitar is a joy to play!
It weighed in at a featherweight 3 pounds even and featured the typical 1 11/16" nut width. The neck profile measured .85" deep when measured just in front of the first fret. Since it was made in the throes of WWII, the tuners and lack of bushings show evidence of materials restrictions on metal. The cogs of the tuners are as thin as they could be and still work properly.
I'm always looking for nice examples of classic and antique Martin guitars to add to my collection. You can contact me here to sell a vintage Martin guitar.