C. F. Martin 00-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1966)

C. F. Martin  00-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1966)
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C. F. Martin 00-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1966), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 208834, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This very nice 1966 00-18 is a just-post "Folk Era" mahogany grand concert model, built a couple of years after Martin's move to the new larger factory in 1964. It has the then recently introduced "short saddle" bridge but retains the older style tortoise celluloid outer binding and pickguard, replaced with black plastic in the next few years. The typically '60s rounded-corner headstock mounts Grover G-98 Sta-Tite tuners. The bridgeplate is the smaller maple piece, and the entire guitar is more lightly constructed than later '60s and 1970s examples and offers a very lively sound. Only 550 of these mahogany 00s shipped out in 1966, compared to over 2,000 D-18s. This example has survived the years very well, and is a splendid all-around instrument.
 
Overall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 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 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is a nicely clean and original guitar, looking not too much used since the 1960s. The lacquer shows some light checking, mostly on the top. There are small dings, dents, and scrapes but no large areas of wear. There is virtually no pickwear to the top at all. The back has some buckle wear into but not through the finish near the upper waist, and one small "melt mark" right on the center seam. The lower side has a small wear spot of dents into the finish as well.

The neck has been reset, and there are some very small chips to the lacquer around the heel. A strap button has been added to the side of the heel, and the bridge appears to have been neatly reglued. The frets and fingerboard show only some light wear, nothing that affects playability. This is an excellent playing guitar with a strong sound that moves easily from fingerpicking to straight strumming with aplomb. Excellent Condition.