C. F. Martin 00-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1967)

C. F. Martin  00-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1967)
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C. F. Martin 00-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1967), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 217612, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, original black chipboard case.

This is a really great sounding 00-18 from 1967, extremely well preserved with a sound and feel still more like the older 1950's Martins than the much more heavily built '70's instruments to come. The top still has old-style tortoise celluloid pickguard and binding, very soon to be soon replaced by black plastic. Other features include then-newer style a short-saddle rosewood bridge, Grover Sta-Tite tuners with hexagonal bushings and a typical '60's rounded-edge peghead.

To many players and Martin fans, the 00-18 has always been one of the company's most propitious and beloved combinations of wood, wire, and inspiration. The mahogany back and sides coupled with a spruce top makes for a transparent but warm and responsive guitar; the 15" wide narrow-waisted 000-size body contributes both depth and clarity to the sound.

The 00-18 was built in the first quarter of 1967, one of 650 shipped that up-to-then peak production year for the model. Still, the D-18 sold over 2602 units that same year, making this 00 something of a rarity by comparison. The smaller body Martins were becoming somewhat forgotten instruments in an era of burgeoning Dreadnought obsession. The original hang tag, included with this guitar, displays the 1967 list price of $250 for a 00-18. There were no discounts on Martins back then! With 50+ years of ageing behind it this is a wonderful sounding guitar, an excellent fingerpicker's instrument but also offering plenty of punch and clarity as a straight rhythm machine.
Overall length is 39 1/8 in. (99.4 cm.), 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This mahogany 000 remains beautifully original and an excellent player, with a clean neck re-set and a re-fret with period correct wire. The finish is nicely aged, finely checked and deeply ambered but does not show excessive wear. There are some faint pick marks to the top, centered in the area just in front of the pickguard and just a couple of light marks in the lower bout but that's about it. The back and sides similarly clean with some light checking on the back and only a few faint marks throughout.

A press mark from a capo at the 6th fret is faintly noticeable on the back of the neck which is otherwise similarly clean, as is the headstock. The interior, including the original small maple bridge plate, shows no signs of work or alteration. The guitar is entirely free of cracks, which is delightful and increasingly rare on 50+ year old flat tops. It never even had a strap button added! The bridge is original, still at its original full height and both the bone saddle and the nut are also original to the guitar.

Well past its 50th birthday this guitar feels and sounds even "older" than it is, with a nice dry but still mellow ring reminiscent of 1950s mahogany 00's. This is a very sweet guitar and extremely friendly playing Martin, from the last period before that become more heavily built instruments. It is housed in a recent good grade black HSC. Excellent + Condition.