C. F. Martin 0-15 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1951)

C. F. Martin  0-15 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1951)
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C. F. Martin 0-15 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1951), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 119482, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides and top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This is a played-in but still fine playing and sounding 0-15, the lowest-ranked guitar model in Martin's postwar line. The 0-15 is a study in careful economy; the finish was less polished out than the otherwise identical 0-17, but structurally the guitars were the same. To achieve the lowest possible price appointments were reduced to the minimum. There is no ornament besides a W/B/W sound hole ring, tortoise celluloid pickguard, and gold Martin logo decal. The tuners are large-plate openback plastic-button Klusons typical of the late '40s.

This 0-sized all-mahogany guitar has a surprisingly loud and rich voice, and sounds great finger or flat-picked. While this was the least expensive guitar Martin offered, listing for $60.00 in 1951, it is still built to the expected Martin standard of quality and is an extremely fine instrument. A total of exactly 575 of these little mahogany marvels were shipped from Nazareth in 1951, this one has been played and enjoyed but not abused. It is a smooth little player with a powerful ringing tone.
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 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 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This lovely all-mahogany Martin retains the original thin lacquer finish, showing dings, nicks and scratches overall but less pick wear to the top than many. There is one crack repair along the side of the upper bout, just off the back above the neck heel. It has recently had a neck reset, with a new bone saddle added to the original bridge. The original small maple bridgeplate is still intact, and all of the braces are firmly in place.

The fingerboard shows little sign of wear, with a recent grind and polish over the original frets playability is excellent. The original tuners still work well, with some shrinkage to the buttons and a bent shaft on the D string peg. Now over 70 years old, this 0-15 offers a wide range of tones from its small body, and is an absolute joy to play. It is housed in a modern Martin-branded hardshell case. Overall Excellent - Condition.