The steel string 00-18 first started to appear in the Martin line up in the mid 1920's, after years of variations of the Style 18 model from the mid 18th century onwards. The classic Spruce top, mid size 00 body shape design is one of the most played small body acoustics of the 20th century, with a beautifully resonant, balanced tone that often belies their smaller size. This 1971 Martin 00-18 is a great example of a later period 00-18. Constructed from a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, this guitar has a lightweight build that makes it very punchy and dynamic, responding very well to both finger style playing and flat picking. This model also features the black pick guard and binding as found on these later models.
This guitar is in very good condition, with some signs of play wear and lacquer checking to the top and back of the body, along with the rear of the neck. The tuners have been replaced with more modern open back Grovers, and a passive undersaddle pickup was fitted many years ago. There has also been one repaired top crack inline with the high E string. Otherwise, this guitar is in original condition.
As with all our vintage instruments, this 1971 00-18 has been given a full service and appraisal by the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.