C. F. Martin 00-17 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1940)

C. F. Martin  00-17 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1940)
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Item # 7934
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C. F. Martin 00-17 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1940), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 74403, natural mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a lovely all-mahogany Martin 00 from early 1940, with the crisply defined yet still warm sound these guitars are well-known for. Typical Martin features for this year include original individual Waverly openback tuners with metal buttons, small straight rosewood bridge, and tortoise celluloid pickguard. These mahogany-top guitars have a distinctive ringing tone and are excellent fingerpickers as well as a great all-around choice in a vintage Martin that won't break the bank. This scallop-braced pre-war example has a superlative sound, played in with some old repair but a delightful guitar.
Overall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm.), 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/16 in. (10.3 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 guitar has some wear and repair but is a superb-sounding example. It has general finish wear overall, with dings, dents and scrapes, but no major loss. The top has a repaired grain crack off the back edge, while the back shows three grain cracks, all sealed well but not perfectly neatly. The bridge has been reglued but never cut down. There is some old glue residue on the headstock by the nut that looks to have been there for a long time; the nut is newer, but the old Waverly tuners remain. Overall the guitar remains nicely original; it has had a recent neck reset and refret, making this an excellent-playing guitar. Very Good + Condition.