Martin 1931 00-18, Mahogany & Adirondack Spruce - Pre-Owned


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It comes as no surprise that Martin has attempted to faithfully reproduce this specific holy grail guitar in recent years. The 1931 Martin 00-18 is the epitome of the pre-war 00 sound, and this one is as good as they come. With its Adirondack spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and scalloped X-bracing with hide glue, this instrument emanates the tone and aesthetic of Martin’s most sought after period.

Two years after the production of this guitar, Martin changed the 00-18 from its 12-fret construction to a 14-fret design. While the 14-fret 00-18s are beloved in their own right, this 12-fret 00-18 stands as an exemplary instrument from Martin’s pre-war period. The 12-fret 00-18 has always appealed to a wide array of players over the decades due to its poignant mid-range, note clarity, and its comfortable 1-7/8” nut width with generous string spacing. This guitar feels at home in the hands of any style of player with its versatile, yet iconic, voice.

Notes from Kim:  This wonderful 00-18 is clean and original with no cracks. Our customer purchased it from a well-known dealer who got it from the original owner's family when they sold it after going through the estate. It's been well-loved and polished frequently, hence the glossy patina. Nothing has been done to the finish. All tuner buttons have recently been replaced.

  • Year: 1931
  • Top: Adirondack spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Rosette: Multi-stripe
  • Body binding: Wood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Tuners: 3 on plate (buttons recently replaced)
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Pins: Plastic
  • Bracing: Scalloped X-bracing
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Pickguard: Celluloid 
  • Nut width: 1-7/8”
  • Scale length: 24.9"
  • Depth: 4-1/16"
  • Lower bout: 14-1/8"
  • Serial number: 48251


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