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1985 Martin M-36 Jumbo Vintage Acoustic Guitar, Near Mint and 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1985 Martin M-36 in near mint, crack-free condition, complete with the original hardshell case. A collector-grade vintage Martin, the M-36 is a unique model, technically a 0000-size body, wide like a jumbo yet slender in depth like a 000. Traditional Martin tonewoods include a Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, and a one-piece mahogany neck capped with an ebony fingerboard.

A single strum yields plenty of power and projection, with more tailored low end than a dreadnought, still offering ample warmth. The trebles have a punchy quality, smooth and sparkling in equal measure, while the wound strings have a richness and tonal breadth, with a soft growl in the midrange when you dig in hard with a flatpick. The guitar weighs 4lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and 12-54 bronze strings.

The mahogany neck has a very soft V-shaped profile carve with notable depth and substance, also retaining quite a bit of shoulder despite its subtle V-ness, measuring .890" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 9th. With 14 frets clear of the body, the bound ebony fingerboard retains the original slender fretwire which has its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only very light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The M-36 has Martin's traditional long scale at 25.4," and the guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock has a rosewood veneer and original Martin-branded, Schaller-made tuners with flawless chrome plating and extremely smooth, reliable performance.

On the body, the rosewood bridge sits flush with the top, and while the original saddle is low, the action is also well within spec for proper setup, measuring 7/64" on the bass side at the 12th fret and 6/64" on the treble side, measured at the same fret. The top and back have multi-ply binding, with a similarly restrained rosette. The sondhole is framed by the original red tortoise pickguard, and there's a bit of light, requisite pick scuffing across the guard. The gloss nitro lacquer finish is exceedingly well-kept, with wear limited to just a few microscopic marks and a faint finish scratch or two in the clear coat. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original black molded hardshell case is included.