C. F. Martin 0-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1954)

C. F. Martin  0-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1954)

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C. F. Martin 0-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1954), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 137510, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator chipboard case.

This is a lovely little Martin 0-18 from the first half of the 1950s, some years before the "Folk era" when the Kingston Trio made the Martin guitar the height of fashion. The mahogany body carries many traditional Martin features including tortoise celluloid binding on the body edges, tortoise celluloid pickguard, long-saddle Brazilian rosewood bridge, and a nicely ambered nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

The headstock corners are the rounded style typical of the period, with the peghead face adorned with the "CF Martin" gold decal on the face and individual Waverly openback tuners with hexagonal bushings. As an added touch, the headstock of this guitar carries the initials "CCS" in mailbox-style letters, likely from the original owner. This is a superb-playing and sounding guitar, far better preserved than most from this period.
 
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 13 9/16 in. (34.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is a nice, clean, and original guitar, especially considering its age. There is some light finish checking only on the grain lines of the top; the rest of the guitar shows virtually none, and the finish remains in extremely good condition overall. There is some very light play wear, with some dings to the top and pick damage to the lower lip of the sound hole. The bridge appears to be full height but may have been lowered the tiniest bit just on the front edge at some point long ago. There is a small pickguard crack area at the lower edge fully sealed up, and no other cracks evident.

This guitar remains in far better shape than many this old -- going on 70 years now! This 0-18 is a super lively guitar; an excellent player with a very powerful and nicely defined tone. While it naturally excels as a fingerpicking guitar, it makes a big-sounding straight strummer as well. Excellent Condition.