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1931 Martin 00-18

Serial # 49293. From one of the most golden years of Martin's Golden Era comes this near-mint condition twelve fret 00-18. With belly bridge and pickguard, this guitar was steel strung from day one, but its ultra light build, 12 fret neck, and bar frets speak of earlier days. This combination of features results in a truly remarkable guitar, an old-time picker's dream instrument, and an inspiration. It's a clean and balanced guitar, with warm and sweet mids. The harmonic overtones are lovely in all positions, but present beautifully in the middle of the neck. A remarkably well preserved Martin, there's little argument about how seldom this one was used over the years. There is virtually no playwear, no dents, dings or scratches, no cracks or internal repairs, and no wear on the tuning machine gears. The original ebony nut has never been removed or shimmed, and the unslotted bridge pins are just about unworn. The neck has been reset exceptionally well, and an exact-match replica bridge has been installed with fossil ivory saddle. (The original bridge is provided with the guitar, but had broken through the saddle slot and is unusable as a result.) The neck has a soft V profile and a nut width shy of 1-7/8". The original bar frets have been dressed somewhat and play acceptably, although a heavier attack will bring out some buzzes in the middle of the neck as the set-up is low and easy. Red spruce top, mahogany back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge, scalloped braces, brass Waverly tuning machines with ivoroid buttons. With new hard shell case On consignment

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