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1936 Martin 0-17

Serial # 62271. Among the finest pre-war Martin guitars we've ever offered, this 1936 0-17 is a crack-free and beautifully preserved instrument with perfect playability. Neck reset, refret, new saddle and pins by our shop a few years back, otherwise completely original, including case and rope strap. No internal repairs of any kind; largely unworn original finish, save for a spot of case-rash on the side's lower bass bout, and minor scaring on the back caused by a guitar stand.

Classic dry, open, and responsive pre-War all-mahogany tone. Trebles are thick and round, midrange is full and present, basses are articulated and full -- particularly considering the guitar's small size. A responsive guitar, it reacts well to a light touch; but, like most mid-1930's Martin guitars, a flatpick brings all kinds of goodness out as well.

Rounded neck that transitions to a soft V by the 5th fret, 1-3/4" ebony nut, 24.9" scale. Original 'cliped-plate' Grover tuning machines in excellent working order; full-height Brazilian rosewood bridge, glued in aged bone saddle. Currently set up with light-gauge strings and an action of 5 to 7 64ths of an inch at the 12th fret, with plenty of saddle height for future adjustments.

With original hardshell case

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