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1947 Martin 00-17

Serial # 98932. It's no secret that we're big fans of smaller-bodied mahogany guitars here at Folkway, so we're naturally pretty excited about this early '47 00-17. Its one that's just come through our repair shop with a neck reset, new frets, new bone saddle, and fresh tuner buttons. It's in excellent condition, despite plenty of edge-wear and the patina of an old guitar that's not spent much time in a case. It's list of repairs is very short: just two insignificant cracks that were glued by us. All braces are tight, original bridge and bridge plate are unmodified, the pickguard hasn't caused any top cracks or issues; and the nut, tuners, and finish are original.

The early post-war guitars have a unique neck carve that's deeper and rounder than those we find from a year or two later. We mostly associate this neck carve with 1946, but this very early 1947 features this style of neck, which is quite a lovely plus. The nut width is 1-11/16", but folks who prefer 1-3/4" widths will find this one easy to play.

A very fine sounding guitar. As compared to the more common 0-17 or 0-15 models, this 00 offers more bigness in the lows and mids without compromising any of the roundness and fullness we love so much in these small all-mahogany Martins. The trebles are very sweet and robust, and there is a wonderful linger and decay throughout the frequency range. Big enough to strum on, this one isn't just for fingerstyle players. It takes a heavy flatpick really well, as it does a hard ragtime right hand.

All mahogany construction, tapered X bracing, 24.9" scale, 2-1/8" string spread at the bridge. Set up with 12-54 strings and an action of 5-7 64ths at the 12th fret with perfect frets and a full height saddle.

With period, possibly original chipboard case that's in excellent condition.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

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