C. F. Martin 0-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1965)

C. F. Martin  0-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1965)
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C. F. Martin 0-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1965), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 202412, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

This is a nice little "Concert Size" Martin from the middle of the 1960s, when the burly Dreadnoughts were taking over from these smaller, more delicate-sounding guitars. The 0 size was the smallest guitar Martin made at the time, and exactly 500 0-18s were shipped out in 1965. Oddly enough the price shot up from $160 to $220 between the beginning and middle of the year.

The features are typical for a Style 18: mahogany back and sides, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and tortoise celluloid outer binding. Appointments more specific to 1965 include the first of the short-saddle bridges, last of the tortoise pattern celluloid pickguards (soon replaced with black acetate), and original openback Grover Sta-Tite tuners. These are lovely-sounding instruments; this one has plenty of volume (more than many expect in a smaller guitar) and a bright but still even ringing tone. It has been played in a bit, but now, past its 50th birthday, is sounding better than ever.
 
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 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 nicely original example overall, with some dings and scrapes but no heavy play wear or major finish loss. There is one fairly deep scrape through the top finish just in front of the pickguard and some scratches to the finish on the top and back. The only pick wear visible is on the lower lip of the sound hole. There are several grain cracks on the back, one longer one on the upper bass bout, and one on each side of the neck block. All are cleanly sealed up.

The back of the neck is quite clean overall with just one fairly deep ding behind the third fret area. The rosewood bridge is original and has never been cut down. This guitar has recently had a very cleanly done neck set and refret and is likely playing better than it ever did. Overall a very nice-playing and sounding old Martin, with a lot of character to the tone. Overall Excellent - Condition.