Up for sale, a 1943 Martin 00-17 in perfect working order. The highest-tiered all-mahogany Martin in the company's Wartime lineup, this 00-17 has received all essential maintenance including a professional neck reset and carved bone saddle and nut. Featuring all mahogany body/neck construction capped with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, this 00-17 has a fairly dark voice, nice and smokey for fingerpicking and chording alike. It's a warm, burly sound with ample bark and sweet midrange heft, Trebles are sweet and punchy, and notes in the bass register have a smooth, broad sound. The guitar is featherweight at 3lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The mahogany neck has a V profile carve, medium depth at the nut with appreciably more heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 9th. The thick Brazilian rosewood fretboard has lightly rolled fretboard edges, and the original slender frets are intact, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 5. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard itself shows some requisite wear on the treble side of the board from frets 1-3. A modern carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock has been fitted with a set of vintage Kluson Deluxe (Gibson Deluxe-branded) double line tuning machines which turn smoothly. The gold Martin silkscreen on the Brazilian rosewood headstock veneer is also intact.
The original Brazilian rosewood bridge has been reseated and fitted with a properly carved bone saddle. The neck has also been reset in the guitar's lifetime, meeting the body at a viable angle. The original tortoise pickguard is intact and sits flush with the top on all edges. The original nitro lacquer gloss finish shows prominent lacquer checking on the neck profile and headstock face, with tighter and fainter checking across the body, and various scuffs and nicks from honest use. There is one repaired spot of impact with a few professionally addressed cracks on the treble side of the body on the lower bout, and a couple other smaller repaired cracks on the sides. On the back, the guitar exhibits two repaired cracks extending from the lower bout body edge, each with localized finish touchup, while there is only one repaired top crack to the treble side of the center seam behind the bridge.
This Wartime Martin is a great playing example with a distinctive voice, benefitting from all the necessary maintenance to ensure ideal performance and tone.
A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.