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1932 Martin 0-18K

Serial # 50555. A rare factory-original Spanish Martin 0-18K, with compensated saddle, radiussed fingerboard, original bar frets, and pickguard. Most 0-18Ks we encounter were built as Hawaiian instruments; however, interestingly, we sold serial # 50551 a year or so back, which was a Spanish-set up 0-18K as well.

Featuring an all-Koa body, 12 fret neck, belly bridge and pickguard, it's one very attractive guitar. Its finish is completely original and has developed a lovely patina as well. Original but for a replacement oversized bridge plate and a new saddle; the guitar has a cleanly repaired side crack, and a very short well repaired top crack on its upper bass bout. Recent professional neck reset, final set-up and new bone saddle installed by us. Original frets play acceptably for a light attack, however some degree of fretwork would help get the most out of this beauty.

Original tuners, nut, bridge, and pins. All braces are tight, no further structural repairs are necessary. With that classic Koa sparkle and early 1930's Martin rumble, the instrument offers up a lot of tone with a light touch. A beautiful fingerstyle guitar. 24.9" scale, rounded-V neck profile, 1-7/8" nutwidth.

With recent Martin hardshell case

On Consignment



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