This is a vintage 1954 Martin 5-18 acoustic guitar with original case. This particular example, serial number 137590, is in very nice vintage all original condition. Designated by Martin as size “5,” which is smaller than the average 3/4 guitar, the Martin “Terz” is the highest quality small/baby/mini/junior/ladies guitar ever made. Famously played by Marty Robbins, as well as, Michael Hedges, Will Ackerman and Dolly Parton to name a few, the Martin 5-18 is celebrated for its specific and unique voicing. Do not be fooled by the 5-18’s petite frame, as its child’s size proportions were constructed using the exact same high quality materials and superior craftsmanship as all other Martin acoustics.
The 5-18, much like a D-18, features: a spruce top, mahogany back/sides/neck, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, a double-bound body, a Brazilian headstock overlay and bridge, original open-back Kluson tuning machines, and original tortoise pickguard. 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 surprisingly intact, which makes the guitar truly enjoyable to play The original Kluson tuning machines work perfectly, and hold the guitar in tune. The original frets exhibit minimal wear, and do not need to be dressed or replaced. 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. All parts are original to this guitar; from the bridge pins to bracing to the nut.
As mentioned the guitar includes the original case which happens to be in very poor condition. It is rare to even see a guitar like this with an original case at all, so it is definitely a bonus… although it wouldn’t be wise to try and use it.