Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)
Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)

Martin 5-18 Acoustic Guitar, 1950 (used)

$ 3,800.00
What a gem! This Martin 5-18 dating to 1950 is in excellent condition. Our senior luthier (a Martin-authorized warranty repairman) looked it over carefully and did not detect a need for any repairs, nor did he see evidence of previous repairs. There is a small ding on the lower bout bass side you'll see pictured below, but no cause for structural concern.
The Martin style 5-18 is the smallest guitar in Martin catalogs; at the lower bout, it measures 11.25″, while at the upper bout it is 8.25″. And its body is just 16″ in length, with a scale of 21.4″. In 1930s catalogs, the style 5-18 and the less expensive matching size 5-17 were listed with the caption “Junior, or three-quarter, sizes fine for children; easy to hold and to play.”
Though most players viewed size 5 guitars as “junior” instruments, in the 1950s and ’60s, the style 5-18 was popularized by Marty Robbins, who used it extensively onstage.
There's a lot more information about this model in this Vintage Guitar article.
We experimented with low-tension silk & steel strings on this guitar, but decided to go with light-gauge bronze as the slightly higher tension was more friendly to intonation. These models were actually designed to be tuned 3 frets up from standard pitch (and the scale length is about what a standard guitar would be capoed there). Either is possible.
Original chipboard case is included!

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