Up for sale, a 1941 Martin 000-18 in excellent condition. A Pre-War Martin which has received all the necessary attention warranted an acoustic of this vintage, this 000-18 has received a professional neck reset, full refret with vintage-size wire, a new carved bone saddle, and fabrication of a vintage-spec rosewood bridge. Marrying an Adirondack spruce top and Honduran mahogany back and sides, the sound is everything you'd expect from an Auditorium-size Martin.
This guitar offers incredible projection and tonal breadth, and each string resonates with equal presence and Martin’s signature piano-like clarity. The bass register is defined and round with exquisite bloom and sustain, while the midrange frequencies are sweet and woody, offering just enough smooth growl when you dig in hard with a flatpick. There’s a clear, ringing quality to the treble strings, and individual notes have plenty of sparkle and roundness. The guitar also has a certain dryness and a balanced quality as you travel up the neck, ideal for fingerpicking. This Pre-War Martin is featherweight at 3lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with fresh 12-53 strings.
The mahogany neck has a medium depth soft V profile carve at the nut with a bit more substance as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 9th. The ebony fingerboard has been professionally refretted, and the frets subsequently leveled and crowned, showing no wear and playing effortlessly up the 24.9" scale. There is light wear into the ebony on the treble side of the fingerboard from frets 1-5 as well. The neck is extremely straight, and the replaced hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The face of the headstock retains the original Martin script logo, and the original open-gear strip tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well, exhibiting some expected patina on the nickel plating.
On the body, all of the original braces are intact and solid, and a new rosewood bridge has been carved, closely matching the shape of the original and fitted with a carved bone saddle. The small maple bridge plate is new as well, and there is a small amount of touched-up pull out of the spruce just forward of the bridge footprint. The neck has also been recently reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle with a shim added beneath the fretboard extension on the top. Action currently sits at 5/64ths on the treble side, and 7/64ths on the bass side, measured at the 12th fret.
The original nitro lacquer finish is intact and blacklights consistently, with just a few small touched-up nicks on the Adirondack top. The original tortoise pickguard sits flush on all edges, and there is heavy strum wear across the soundhole, extending to the treble side upper bout. There are only two cracks on the body, both cleanly repaired, the first of which is right at the binding on the bass-side lower bout edge on top, and the other is on the treble-side lower bout on the back. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to buckle wear central to the back, and various minor scuffs and marks from honest use on the body as a whole.
This Pre-War Martin is a very original, professionally serviced example with a tone betitting its Pre-War provenance.
A modern premium black tolex hardshell case is included.