C. F. Martin 0-15 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1956)

C. F. Martin  0-15 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1956)

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C. F. Martin 0-15 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1956), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 151101, natural lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck; rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

The small-body all-mahogany Martin 0-15 was Martin's least expensive guitar, devoid of ornament but is still built with the company's customary quality and attention to detail. While the 0-15 was listed as having a dull finish, this 1956 example actually has a good sheen to it and looks pretty much just like an 0-17. Other typical period features include a tortoise celluloid pickguard, small rosewood bridge and openback Waverly tuners. The mahogany top gives a generally tighter tone than spruce, and this is often a benefit today as these guitars amplify extremely well, making excellent stage instruments. Perfect for performing, songwriting, or just general use, this 0-15 is a very good bargain in a 60 year old Martin.
 
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 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.). A fine and very original guitar, now a perfect player with a neckset and correct style refret, ready for the next 60 years. The finish shows checking overall with small dings and dents but no major wear. Except for one tiny sealed grain split on the lower side there are no cracks or other repairs. With a lot of sound for a small-body mahogany guitar, this 0-15 is proof of good things coming in small packages. Includes an unusually well-preserved original chipboard case. Excellent Condition.