3/27/2015

1953 Martin 00-18 Flattop Guitar



Well, mud season is here! It's warm and everything's thawing. There's not many pretty places outside for shooting photos, so we'll take the good (melting snow) with the bad (brown vegetation) and simply enjoy the very good (buttery-sweet spruce on a 50s Martin).

This is another consignment and tone-wise and playability-wise, it's a hum-dinger. It sounds fantastic, full, and energetic. It's been played enough to get some silky-warm bottom and mids into the mix and it's got enough mild playwear to make you not fear picking it like it wants to be picked: full-on. Work included a fret level/dress, minor saddle adjustment, one replacement bridge pin and a new ebony endpin, and general cleaning and setup.

It plays really fast with 3/32" bass and 1/16" treble action at the 12th fret. There are no cracks that I can find but there's general scratching and use-wear throughout.


Pretty guitar, huh?

It looks like the bridge was reglued a while back and it has a replacement bone saddle. I adjusted height and intonation on that, though.


Original nut and nice headstock veneer. The Brazilian rosewood board and bridge both have nice contrast in the dark/light graining.


There's some finger-pitting on the fretboard but after the fresh level/dress of the frets they're feeling great and have plenty of meat left to level/dress again later on.


All the finish is original and has that nice, warm, buttery look.


The last person to work on this bridge must've topcoated it with a little bit of stain or some sort of finish as it had a sort of flat, darker look to it. I lightly sanded and buffed it out when I set the guitar up to get the grain to pop back out again.


I love the light "washboarding" above the pickguard.




One tuner knob-shaft is slightly bent, but all are lubed and work well.







As you can see, it's got a lower saddle, but it plays swell and in tune.







It also comes with a brand new Access-brand hard case.

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