This is a vintage 1935 Martin 0-17 flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 59229, is in very excellent condition and includes a late ’60s Martin blue Thermoplastic “Steal Me” case. This scalloped-braced, small-bodied, entirely-mahogany, acoustic guitar was made during Martin’s self-proclaimed “Golden Era,” and is an absolutely stunning instrument. Far superior to a Guild M-20, Gibson LG-0, or an 0-17 produced thereafter, the 0-17 has enjoyed a reputation for being a fantastic recording guitar and providing an alternative and attractive voice.
This ’35 Martin 0-17 features: an all mahogany construction (top, back, sides, and neck) a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, 1 3/4″ nut width, rosewood bridge, vintage open-back Grover tuning machines, scalloped X-bracing, tortoise pickguard, and a late-60’s Martin “Steal Me” case.
Other than the obvious upgraded vintage tuners, this example is a no issues guitar: nothing has been modified, changed, broken, repaired, etc. The neck is perfectly straight, and the neck angle is intact and untouched, which makes the guitar truly enjoyable to play. The original frets exhibit extremely minimal wear, and do not need to be dressed or replaced. The large neck profile with the 1 3/4″ nut width create an enhanced sustain. The neck joint is solid, with no evidence of separation or fatigue. The bridge is also perfectly intact, with no indication of lifting or bellying. There are no cracks, breaks, or separations. Though the guitar includes the original bridge pins, newer replacements have been installed to preserve the originals. The blue Thermoplastic Martin case is in excellent condition. All the latches and handle work perfectly, and the case does not emit any odors.
The guitar sounds fantastic, plays incredibly well, and looks amazing. The specific and focused tone perfectly complements additional acoustics with a more full-range character. While one could clearly use this guitar as an additional acoustic texture to layer atop another, it sits beautifully amongst normal instrumentation, and situates neatly without encountering boominess or producing a muddy footprint. While the guitar is great for traditional strumming, it is remarkably responsive when playing finger-picking and small chord techniques.