Long-scale, 000 sized 12-fret Martins from the late 20’s are among the most sought-after prewar instruments. This was the biggest, loudest Martin made for steel strings in this era, with a 25.4 inch scale length, the same scale length as a 30’s D-45. (The 14-fret 000’s of the 30s and later have a shorter, 24.5 inch scale). In no other instrument will you get the resonance (from thin tops and back), combined with the long scale length. It’s a big pre-war Martin 12-fret. That’s why this instrument is one of the most highly sought-after prewar Martins– and increasingly very difficult to find. But it’s all about one thing: the tone, emanating from a large-bodied 12-fret that plays wonderfully, and loud, even with the most delicate fingerpicking. The bass response here is the best you will ever find in any prewar Martin 12-fret guitar.
This wonderful 000-18 was set up restored and set up by none other than Gruhn Guitars in Nashville– to impeccable standards. Gruhn refinished the top, back and sides. Neck, fretboard, headstock, are all original finish. Gruhn also replaced the bridge with a perfectly correct ebony bridge. The guitar has its original bridgeplate. New, period-correct Bar frets were installed by Gruhn.
1 7/8” nut. Mahogany back and sides. Adirondack spruce top. Ebony fingerboard. It has original tuners (gear wheel below worm gear, ivoroid buttons).
The top and back of the guitar are completely crack-free and perfect– with full thickness the same as the day they left the factory. And the totally crack-free top shows absolutely perfect form and shape, with no undue bellying behind the bridge. There are a couple of almost imperceptible side cracks that were addressed by Gruhn, almost impossible to see from the outside.
One of the most sought-after prewar Martin 12-frets, restored correctly, and set up, by the world’s best. (Included: a signed, in-hand Appraisal of the guitar– by George Gruhn)