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1962 Martin 00-18 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Collector-Grade w/ Hangtags, Case


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Up for sale, a 1962 Martin 00-18 in collector-grade condition, expertly maintained and complete with the original hangtags and chipboard case. Truly remarkable in its preservation, this Martin has received all the maintenance due an acoustic of this vintage, benefitting from a recent neck reset, carved bone saddle, and a reseated original tortoise pickguard.

Tonewoods include a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and rims, and a mahogany neck capped with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. In contrast to its pristine cosmetics, the top sounds nicely worked-in, and even a light strum yields impressive projection. Expressive and woody-sounding, there’s a distinctive sparkle in the treble register and a delicate airiness, more indicative of ‘50s Martins. The wound strings are focused and clear with only minimal compression when pushed hard, and a sweet, brassy growl that retains string-to-string definition. The instrument naturally responds very well to fingerpicking too. The guitar is featherweight at 3lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and easy-playing action.

The mahogany neck has a very soft, medium depth V-shaped profile carve at the nut, with additional substance up the fretboard, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original flawless medium fretwire, playing cleanly in every register up the 24.9" scale. The original nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock face has a Brazilian rosewood veneer with a flawless Martin script logo, and the original nickel-plated Grover open-gear tuning machines turn smoothly with near-perfect plating and butterbean buttons.

The Brazilian rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the original small maple bridge plate is present. The new tall carved bone saddle has ample height for decades of future viability. The tortoise pickguard has been reseated, and there are two very slight and professionally repaired splits on the outer pickguard edge consistent with minor pickguard shrinkage. The ebony endpin is a replacement, and a strap button has been added to the treble side of the neck heel. The nitro lacquer finish is 100% original, positively glossy and shockingly clean, with wear limited to just a few light pick scuffs, faint finish scratches and microscopic marks from exceedingly minimal use.

The original brown chipboard case is included and equally as clean as the guitar, along with the original Martin hangtag and additional store hangtag (with the original $155 asking price).