1936 Martin 00-18

1936 Martin 00-18

Probably the best year ever for 14-fret 00-18s.

In the Golden Age of 14-fret Martins from the early 30’s until the late 30’s, only in 1936 did Martin use Brazilian rosewood (as opposed to ebony) for the fretboard and bridges of 18’s, so its tone is considered by many to be the best in the 14 fret, 1-3/4 inch nut era.

The guitar is crack-free on the top and back. Just one repaired crack on the treble side.The repair is well done and almost impossible to see from the outside (older repair has muslin cloth on inside-luthiers agree that these older cloth patches inside a vintage Martin should be left in place).

Original tuners. Original bridge plate. Original nut. Replaced T-frets by us. Replacement bridge-very dark Brazilian rosewood bridge made to original specs in our shop, and ivory saddle. The neck has that wonderful mid-thirties slightly fatter profile. Neck set by us.

And the tone is the best example of a Golden Era 00-18 you’ll find anywhere. Light overspray (no refinishing) on back and sides (not top, neck or head).