Here is a vintage 1972 Martin 00-16C flat top classical acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 198821, is in very excellent all original condition and includes the original blue plastic Martin “Steal Me” case! Perfect for professional recording purposes, in-home enjoyment, or the beginning collector, the 00-16C represents an absolutely incredible bargain. While Martin isn’t revered for their classical instruments, their nylon-stringed ukuleles have long been considered the best, and the same unparalleled craftsmanship and high-grade materials which contribute to the quality of Martin’s best steel-stringed acoustics are those which were utilized when crafting this fine double-aught nylon-stringed guitar. Not surprisingly, the Martin 00-28G nylon-stringed acoustic guitar has recently become a very valuable instrument, and while this doesn’t sport the same Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, it is both the same size and in the same style.
Originally introduced in 1962, partially in response to the folk and singer-songwriter movement, this guitar features the following; a 14″ lower bout, satin natural finish, a 4- ply (b-w-b-w-b) bound spruce top, mahogany back and sides, 12-fret mahogany neck with slotted headstock, 19-fret Rosewood fingerboard, 1-31/32″ nut width, 25.4″ (642mm) scale, rosewood bridge, Rosewood headstock overlay, nickel 3-on-a-plate tuners with oval white plastic buttons, and the original unmistakably Martin blue plastic hard shell case.
Interestingly, the 00-16C inherited both it’s body shape and size from pre-war 12-fret Martin 00 specs. It also borrowed style 18 appointments with regard to the soundhole purfling and top binding, both of which enhance the overall appearance and make it more interesting than your average plain 16-style instrument.
This excellent example is in 100% all original condition and displays absolutely no structural issues nor cosmetic originality problems. It exhibits expected, though very minimal, playing wear, and would easily be considered an 8.75/10 by the the most critical of assessments. Certainly collector quality, this is a beautiful example of an obviously underrated, and subsequently undervalued, Martin nylon-stringed acoustic guitar.