This is a vintage 1959 Martin 00-18G nylon-stringed classical acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 169113, is in excellent cosmetic condition and includes the original Victoria hard case! Considered by classical guitar enthusiasts and recording engineers alike to be one of the best-sounding nylon string guitars ever made, this Martin 00-18g certainly conforms to the thoughts of the consensus, and it is a particularly good example.
This well-preserved example is cosmetically stunning. The simple features remain clean, intact, and attractive. The guitar exhibits very minimal playing wear, and has never been cracked nor repaired. There are 2 very slight drying cracks on the lower side of the treble bout, and while after visual inspection it can be confirmed that the cracks do NOT got through the side (not visible whatsoever from the inside) they are slightly more pronounced than weather checking. They are so small, in fact, they were very difficult to photograph, please scroll all the way to the bottom to view. Martin guitars are notorious for drying cracks in the surface of the wood, and they are unfortunately a natural artifact of construction compounded with age, but keep in mind, it does not affect the sound or structural integrity of the instrument. Otherwise, the guitar is in extremely excellent condition. Even the original tuning machines are in excellent functional condition, which is somewhat rare. Please review all of the HD photos.
Features of this ’59 00-18G include: original nitrocellulose natural finish, even grained spruce top, mahogany back, sides, and neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, original 3-in-a-row open-back Kluson tuning machines and the original Victoria hard case!
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. As mentioned the guitar includes the original case which happens to be in very nice condition.
The guitar was recently re-strung with high-tnesion Savarez nylon strings, and it plays and sounds great! The tonality is clear and evenly-balanced, and the guitar is surprisingly responsive and expressive. Definitely better-sounding than many Ramirez guitars I’ve heard, this is definitely a keeper. Perfect for studios, pro players, and enthusiasts alike, this guitar is a fantastic bargain at any price! They sure don’t make ’em like they used to…