A wonderfully light and lively WW II era 000-18 that weighs barely over 3 1/4 pounds. The guitar was professionally refinished, we're quite certain at the Martin factory in Nazareth, many years ago. It probably went back to the factory for repair to a 3 by 1 1/4" crunch to the bass side down by the end pin. This repair was very well done but can be seen in photo #34. From the color used on the mahogany we're estimating the finish work was done in the 1960s or very early 1970s. The finish on the top is quite thin but now has some lacquer checking. Martin did their usual careful job, the top is not too thin and the neck shape and binding is all correct and they saved the original pickguard. All bracing is original, including the bridge plate. The ebony nut is correct for this period, we're assuming the bridge is probably original as it has a through-cut saddle (which Martin was not using by the time the refinishing was done). Resent professional neck reset and new Stew Mac Golden Age tuners by Portland Fret Works. A very playable and great sounding Martin 000 that's just past its 73rd birthday (production was begun July 3 1944 according to Martin's serial number log).

stock no. 51154

TopAdirondack Spruce
Back and sidesMahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Scale length24.9"
Bridge materialRosewood
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialMahogany
Serial No88290
TunersStew-Mac Golden Age
Total frets20