1941 Martin 000-18. This Guitar is Available. See description for details.
1941 Martin 000-18.
**Notice: This guitar is available for sale, but not available for web purchase. Please call the shop for details.**
There is something magical about pre World War Two Martin guitars. Honduras mahogany, Brazilian rosewood, and red spruce combined with meticulous craftsmanship, created handmade guitars that have been often imitated, but never equaled. Today we offer a 000-18 from 1941. The neck is Honduras mahogany reinforced with a steel T-bar. The 24.9” scale Brazilian rosewood fretboard is decorated with 6 pale abalone shell position markers and is complemented by the Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay. The body has Honduras mahogany back and sides, red spruce top, Brazilian rosewood bridge, and the original tortoise pattern celluloid pickguard. Inside you will marvel at the unmolested red spruce scalloped X-bracing and original hard maple bridge plate. Yes, this guitar has had its share of fun and accidents. Noteworthy is the bass side rib away from the endpin block was stove in. SFI’s chief guitar repairman, Nate Druckenmiller, removed the back, glued all the cracks, and added a thin veneer reinforcement to the inside of the rib. The damage is still visible, but it is certainly solid. Other repairs include a neck reset, refret, and pickguard reglue. The instrument has plenty of dings, nicks and top player wear indicating this guitar had plenty of fun in its 83 years on the planet. The tone is warm, full, and balanced with a promise to only get better as it gets played. It has been in storage since 1993, and who knows if it was played much in the preceding years. The price is $12,000 and includes the presumed original very good condition hard case with “Arizona” painted on the lid.