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1927 Martin 0-18k

Serial # 34273. An awe inspiring all-Koa 0-18, meticulously and perfectly converted from Hawaiian for standard playing. The guitar is deep, with meaty thick trebles, amazing sustain, articulation and clarity, and the kind of bass-end presence that only happens in really lightly built flat-tops. Tuned to pitch or down-tuned to an open chord, this guitar's tone is beguiling in even the deadest sounding of rooms. It's a stunning instrument, and a particularly good example of why golden-era Martin guitars are so highly sought after.

Koa body with scalloped bracing, wooden bindings, purflings, and rosette; ebony fingerboard and bridge, bar frets, Waverly tuning machines. Crack-free top and back (cleanly reglued top center seam), three minor repaired cracks on the body's treble side, reproduction bridge and pins, frets, and ebony nut. Completely original and unrepaired bracing and bridgeplate, perfect, invisible neck reset, excellent fingerstyle set up. Original finish throughout, minor French polish touch-up below the bridge (that's largely invisible but under black light). Round neck measures 1-7/8" at the nut, string spread at the bridge is 2-3/8", scale is 24.9".

We have the guitar set-up with light gauge Monel strings and a low fingerstyle set-up. It plays effortlessly and offers all its warmth and vintage dryness under a light attack, making it a beautiful fingerstyle instrument.

With modern high-quality hardshell case

Click HERE for our hi-def video feature of this instrument.

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