Production on this OM-18 was begun in April 1931, and it certainly saw some hard use in the years that followed. Some crack repair was done years ago, then it landed at Gryphon and received a replacement bridge in the original style and a much-needed neck reset and re-do of the bar stock frets. For some time it's been our demo of the Rickard 10-to-1 ratio banjo tuners, but now it's time for this revived OM to get out in the real world again and back to work.
Yes, there are several side cracks, and yes, there are over a half-dozen little holes in the top from a pickup (why so many holes we'll never know). Although the tuners on it now are appropriate and better versions of the original Grover banjo gears, it's obvious that right-angle tuners were on this OM for years. And while the original finish is still there, at least the original finish that hadn't been worn off, lacquer has been oversprayed so the outer surface is not original. Probably because of the top crack alongside the treble side of the fingerboard, a flat brace was added next to the neck block (this brace would become standard again a few years later, and had been used on all Martin 12-fret models). Bridgeplate is original, as is all other interal bracing, and pickguard is original as well. An excellent sounding and playing example of an iconic Martin model. Comes with a TKL Vintage Series case with Martin badge on the side.
For more details on this guitar please call and ask for Michael or Richard.
stock no. 21889
|Back and sides||Mahogany|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 3/4"|
|Bridge spacing||2 3/8"|
|Tuners||Rickard 10:1 High Ratio|