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 # 176471, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides and top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, molded black plastic hard shell case.

This is a fine-playing and sounding early 1961 0-15, at the time the lowest-ranked guitar model in Martin's 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. The standard Martin appointments are 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 openback plastic-button individual Waverlys typical of the '50s.

This small-bodied 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 $99.50 in 1960, it is still built to the expected Martin standard of quality and is an extremely fine instrument. Only 275 of these little mahogany marvels were shipped from Nazareth in 1961, the model's final production year. This is a very nice example, complete in a fitted Martin molded plastic case likely sourced for it a bit later on.
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 is a nicely original and fine-playing example, which has had a recent neck set and refret. The top shows an area of significant wear into the wood just under the pickguard from some heavy picking, as does the bottom edge of the sound hole. The top/side edge has one fairly deep ding adjacent to this zone. The back has a few areas of wear through the finish, while the neck is relatively clean. The rest of the finish has small dings and dents, mostly to the edges. There is one small repaired grain crack on the top. The bridge has been reglued, as most of them have. Overall this guitar is bit worn in with a great sound, and a delight to play. Very Good + Condition.