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1934 Martin 00-17 All Mahogany Acoustic Guitar  From Martin

1934 00-17 in great condition! Plays beautifully and just about the best sounding hog-top I've ever heard! Own a piece of musical history.

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This is a dizzyingly beautiful instrument. I’m a sucker for all mahogany smaller-bodied guitars and I think I just met their king.

Slip on a thumb-pick and play “Freight Train” on this thing and you’ll be in old-time heaven. There’s a kind of clear warmth to it that only good wood and age can provide. It’s a seamless player. The nut width spec for this year is 1 3/4” (they switched to the 1 11/16th nut in the late 30s), but as every guitar was handmade during this period, this nut’s closer to 1 23/32”. It feels great, though, and that’s coming from someone who prefers wider nuts. ‘34 was also the year they introduced the 14-fret 00-17.

Cosmetically, it’s in great shape for a 79 year old guitar. There are a few minor nicks and scratches along with two small cracks on the player’s “side” near the lower bout. The cracks have been repaired and are tight and stable. There has been some debate among luthiers as to whether or not the neck was re-set, but either way, it plays phenomenally, so it’s either a miracle or an excellent job. The tuners are not original and the bridge was replaced by Elderly. The original bridge is included in what appears to be the original case. All the latches work. Comparable cases have gone for as much as $500 on eBay.

I’ve played my fair share of vintage Martins, and I must say that this has all the elements that make them great. It’s got tonal character for days, it vibrates evenly and freely at the slightest touch, it looks fantastic, it marks a transitional period in Martin history, and most importantly, it sounds unbelievable and has plenty of years left to go.

I don’t expect it to last long, so let me know if this is what you’re searching for. You won’t regret it.

robinson(at)soundpure(dot)com

About Manufacturer

For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world. The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C. F. Martin, Sr.?s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830s to recent developments introduced by C. F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is a feat bordering on the remarkable, reflecting six generations of dedication to the guitarmaker?s craft. In or out of the music industry, C. F. Martin has few rivals for sheer staying power. Throughout its colorful history, the company has adapted successfully to continual changes in product design, distribution systems, and manufacturing methods. In spite of the many changes, C. F. Martin has never veered away from its initial commitment to quality. The concern for producing the finest instruments possible in 1833 is especially evident today at Martin?s expanded facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The story behind one of America?s most famous guitars began on January 31, 1796, in Markneukirchen, Germany, with the birth of Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. Born into a long line of cabinet makers, Christian Frederick took up the family craft at the early age of 15, when he left his hometown and traveled to Vienna to apprentice with Johann Stauffer, a renowned guitar maker.