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1953 Martin D 18 project ( a 60's Tooties bar brawl)

Sold ! This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-09-17)
Price : US $1,136.



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This is for skilled lutheriers or guitar makers only. I got this from the son of the original owner who purchased it new in 1953. He hung out at Tooties bar here in Nashville and got into a fight back in the 60's and knocked a big hole in the side of his Martin and broke the neck. He repaired the neck himself and even played the Martin with the big hole in the side for years until his passing. His son sold it to me. I had a lutherier here in Nashville remove the neck and the battered side and purchased a new mahagony side. He then tried to double the original price that he quoted me to repair it and so now I am just trying to recoup my investment. The neck is straight as an arrow but the first 3 frets show a lot of playing. The neck has been repaired and also the headstock shows a hairline crack repair. Wrote in pencil on the dovetail is D-18 followed by the serial #132460. The top has 3 repaired cracks on the widest side opposite the pickguard. The side that is still on there shows a repaired crack. The back looks to have been spared any damage. This is being sold as a project so all sales are final. Please ask all questions before bidding. The tuners are being sold in a separate auction. Will be shipped in a sturdy cardboard type case to protect it and will be well packaged inside the case. I had the local lutherier save all the parts he could salvage in case someone wanted to try to restore it to original. It is missing the nut.


Sold ! This guitar is sold (sold on 2008-09-17)



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