1942 Martin 00-17

This is a vintage 1942 Martin 00-17 vintage flat top acoustic guitar. Easily the finest pre-war Martin I have ever seen in person, this example (serial number 80398) is in incredibly immaculate cosmetic condition and correspondingly perfect structural shape. Sparing some very minimal superficial case wear, this guitar is a strong 9.7/10. It is quite evident that this pristine specimen was never used, played nor displayed. Even the pre-war hard case is in astonishingly excellent shape. Martin collectors do not hesitate, this is the only 00-17 worth owning. This no-issues example is in 100% all original condition with no need for the usual neck reset nor the inevitable trip to the luthier.

This is guitar is so clean, it is literally shiny. Every part of this guitar reflects, and without weather-checking, the glossy original finish is seemingly mirror-like. The original open-back Kluson-style (perhaps Waverly made) tuning machines are in excellent all original condition. There is no fret wear, and barely any visible scratch wear on the tortoise pickguard.

It plays quite well, and the neck angle is near perfect with absolutely no need for an imminent neck rest. The back of the neck does not exhibit even the slightest playing wear.