C. F. Martin 0-15 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1961)

C. F. Martin  0-15 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1961)

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C. F. Martin 0-15 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1961), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 176310, natural lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

Built at the height of the "folk Era" this small-body all-mahogany Martin 0-15 was Martin's least expensive guitar of the time, 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 1961 example actually has a good sheen to it and looks pretty much indistinguishable from an 0-17.

Other typical period features include a tortoise celluloid pickguard, small rosewood bridge with a bone saddle and openback Waverly tuners with plastic buttons. The 0-15's 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 nearly 60 year old Martin.
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 13 5/8 in. (34.6 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 very clean and nicely original guitar, now a perfect player with a fresh neckset but no other major repairs. The original finish shows small dings and dents but no checking at all and not a lot of signs of play. The most notable defects are a couple of deeper dents to the top edge just under the pickguard and one tiny grain split on the side at the apex of the lower bass bout. A very responsive guitar with a lot of sound for a small-body mahogany instrument. Includes a very well-preserved original chipboard case. Excellent + Condition.