This 1955 Martin 00-18G (serial 145497) comes to us on consignment from a large estate collection. Though the previous owner was generally more of a collector than a player, this was one of his main instruments - he was the original owner, and performed American folk and Ladino music through the 1950s-60s in the NY metro area. He installed a small pickguard to accommodate the percussive Ladino playing style.
The 00-18G's were made between 1936-1962. Less than 500 were produced in 1955. The "G" stands for Gut strings. They were made with Torres-style fan bracing, tie-style bridges and a 2-inch nut width, but otherwise, the appointments are the same as other Style 18s of the time. Solid sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back & sides, rosewood fretboard & bridge.
Our senior luthier, a Martin-authorized warranty repairman, closely examined this guitar and found it to have all-original hardware, including original tuners. There was a 4-inch top crack on the lower bass side, which he sealed and cleated. He also did a full setup with clean & polish, strung with D'Addario Pro Arte EJ46 high tension strings. We noted some very minor fretwear on the high string lower frets, but nothing that compromises playability. The action at the 12th fret currently measures 3/32" on the high E and 4/32" on the low E. No neck reset appears necessary.
This guitar has some cosmetic nicks and scratches, to be expected commensurate with its age on a well-played instrument. Overall we're placing it in very good condition. It's comfortable and easy to play, with good projection. It has an even, warm sound with neutral profile due to the mahogany sides and back.
A Canadian-made hardshell case with blue crushed velvet interior is included.
This item can only be shipped within the US - no international shipping.