This wonderful example was built 1957, one of a total of only 600 0-18s shipped that year. It incorporates typical post-war Martin style 18 features including lovely mahogany on the back and sides, a superb straight-grained spruce top, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and tortoise celluloid body binding. Its tortoise pickgard is stunning. The neck is mahogany with a fairly slim “C” profile; the fingerboard inlay is mixed size dots and the tuners are open back individual Grovers with cool metal buttons. This “0” has seen some use but remains cleaner and more original than many from this period. It is an excellent fingerpicker’s instrument but also has a lot of punch and clarity as a straight rhythm machine as well. Its got 1 side crack & has just had its neck reset to make it set up perfectly. She plays beautifully & sounds fabulous. Overall she’s excellent & comes in a nice new Martin hard case.
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