Here’s a vintage 1953 Martin 0-18 flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 130766, is in fair original condition. This premium player’s piece is a sweet lil’ strummer; with several cosmetic issues, awesome action, and beautiful voicing, this is the perfect guitar for a player interested in a vintage bargain without compromsing functionality and integrity. Certainly enjoyed, and slightly abused, this guitar proudly displays it’s 60 years of existence with a worn area around the sound hole, scrapes on the sides, scars on the top, and a small puncture wound on the side.
Width: 13 1/2″
Depth: 4 1/4″
Length: 18 3/8″
Nut Width: 1 5/8″
Mahogany Back and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top
Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard
This ’53 Martin 0-18 features; the original individual open-back Kluson tuning machines with metal buttons, original tuner ferrules, the original tortoise pickguard, the original Brazilian Rosewood bridge with original saddle, original nut, original frets, and all original lacquer finish. The bridge pins have been replaced.
Recently re-strung with Pyramid .011s, the action is great, though some would consider it slightly high. It sounds particularly great, focused, and well-balanced. It has a cool quintessential small-bodied projection, which is sometimes best for recording. The neck profile is excellent, and the guitar is a real blast to play.
There is chipping around the soundhole form aggressive pick wear, serious amounts of scratching on the back of the body, a small puncture gouge on the lower bass side (near the bottom strap pin), and regular playing wear on the back of the mahogany neck. Incredibly, the top is perfectly flat, the bridge is secured tightly, and there ae no drying cracks anywhere on the top. The back looks quite distressed, yet surprisingly there are no cracks to be found there either. The neck joint is perfectly intact, and there are no neck nor headstock structural issues.