A fixture in the Martin catalog in one form or another since 1898, the 00-18 is unquestionably one of the companies most popular models, with pre-war examples being especially sought after. The 00-18 as we know it now was an early adopter of steel string bracing and bridge styles, and would have been used on countless folk, bluegrass and country recordings since the mid 1920's. This 1937 Martin 00-18 is a fantastic example of a pre-war, smaller bodied Martin guitar, in as good a condition as we have seen.
This 1937 Martin 00-18 is a standout example, featuring the second smallest '00' size body, making it particularly comfortable to sit and strum, and excellent for more nuanced finger style playing. Despite its compact size, this '00' guitar surprises with its open and resonant tone – a testament to the the craftsmanship of Martin instruments during this period. It is lightly braced, with a scalloped X pattern that allows every part of the top to move and breath, resulting in a sound that is both defined and powerful, with a sweetness and responsiveness across the frequency range. Constructed from an Adirondack Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, the classic tone wood pairing that has made Style 18 instruments the go to for working musicians for over a century.
This instrument is in very good condition, with only minor signs of play wear and patina for an instrument of its age. The neck has previously been professionally reset to ensure the correct angle is maintained for many years to come. The original eboyn board and bridge are in good condition, as are the original braces and bridge plate. This guitar has also had a K&K passive pickup installed.
This guitar has been given a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.