1952 Martin O 18 O18
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-12-01)
Price : US $1,150.
Please read carefully, The description is very complete... SN 127310 indicating 1952. Two of the tuners are bent. The mahogany body and neck have a multitude of chips and scratches, but remarkably, no cracks! The top is well worn as evident in the photos, but again, no cracks. The pick guard has shrunk some and is chipped near the fingerboard. All the binding is in tact, but there is evidence on the wide upper bout, that the binding lifted and was glued down. Very close examination in the center of this same area reveals the possibility of a repair to the mahogany, but you have to look real hard to find it. My policy is to reveal everything. The bridge and saddle have been shaved down on the treble side. They appear to be original. There is a crack running between the bridge pins. The bridge pins are definitely not original, but I believe are the correct style for the year and model. The end pin is not original. The frets are in really great shape, and may have been professionally replaced. There is no chip out on the fingerboard where the old ones were pulled, so who knows? The neck has a slight bow and the action is higher on the bass side than the treble side. (3/16” vs 1/8” at the 12th fret).
In summary, she has seen a lot of action, but is in good structural condition. Very playable as it is, but a neck reset and bridge replacement could turn her into a real gem. The sound is incredible for such a small little box!
I have tried to describe the condition as completely as possible. If any of you old Martin experts have anything to add, or comment on%2
This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-12-01)
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