One of the most solid and original 12-fret 000-18 models from the 1920s that Gryphon has offered, and it's from the family of the original owner. Production was begun in August of 1927, and by that time Martin was building a majority of their guitars for use with steel strings, especially the Style 18 mahogany models like this one. A well-remembered slip over 40 years ago by a then-young member of the family resulted in the crack in the side you see here but that's the only damage it has sustained, although it's clear this guitar saw lots of use. The neck was reset and the bar stock frets re-seated here at Gryphon, and we made a copy of the original bridge (the original is included). All original internal bracing with no sign of repairs (except to the side crack), and all original shellac varnish finish as well. A great sounding 000, with a lively and balanced tone even when played with the lightest touch. Comes in a new case.