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1952 Martin 000-18

Serial # 125297. Post war 000-18s really don't come much better than this 1952 issue. It has a wide-open voice with breathy mids and a lively response, and a sweet array of overtones and embellishments that will please any fingerstylist. Neck reset, aged replica Brazilian rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, refret, and B-string pickguard crack repair by Folkway six or seven years ago. Original tuners, nut, bridge and end pins. Original finish shows little playwear, but does have minor scratches and dings as visible in the photos provided. There is some light vinyl strap finish corrosion on the back that isn't terribly visible in the back detail photo below. Excellent fingerstyle setup with low action (5 to 6 64ths), and comfortable 50's C to soft V neck profile with a nut width of 1-21/32". Beautifully aged finish, nicely hued pickguard and binding. Quite a lovely guitar. With Martin/Geib Deluxe hard shell case

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