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Martin 000-18 Retro Sitka/Mahogany #1789323 - Used  From Martin

Modern playability meets 1940's style with this Martin pickup equipped flat-top.


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What We Think

As comfy as it is classic, as ready for playing and gigging in today's world as it is a glowing testament to the revered "Golden Age" instruments, this 000 is something special indeed.  About as full and powerful a dynamic spectrum as you could hope for in a short scale instrument, the warm, woody tonal response is wonderfully translated when you plug in, too.

Manufacturer's Description from Martin

Martin's groundbreaking Retro Series represents the most significant advancement of our era in amplified acoustic sound. Based upon a beautiful 1940 14-fret 000-18 "donor" guitar from the Martin Museum collection, this 24.9" short scale model produces clear and expressive response for stage or studio use. With modern performance and playability, the 000-18E Retro offers the visual and tonal integrity of the genuine mahogany auditorium guitars from the pre-war era.

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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.


Year: 2013

Serial Number: 1789323

Model: 000-18E Retro

Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint

Body Size: 000-14 Fret

Top: Sitka Spruce

Rosette: Old Style 18 Multi-Stripe

Top Bracing Pattern: X-Brace

Top Braces: Sitka Spruce

Back Material: Genuine Mahogany

Back Purfling: Style 18

Side Material: Genuine Mahogany

Endpiece: None

Endpiece Inlay: None

Binding: Faux Tortoise

Top Inlay Style: Multi-Stripe

Side Inlay: None

Back Inlay: None

Neck Material: Select Hardwood

Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval

Nut Material: Bone

Headstock: Solid with Square Taper

Headplate: Granadillo

Heelcap: Ebony

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Scale Length: 24.9"

# Of Frets Clear: 14

# Of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4"

Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8"

Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style / Abalone

Fingerboard Binding: None

Finish Back & Sides: Satin

Finish Top: Gloss

Finish Neck: Gloss

Bridge Material: Ebony

Bridge Style: Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle

Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/32"

Saddle: Compensated White Tusq

Saddle Radius: 16"

Tuning Machines: Nickel Open Gear

Bridge & End Pins: Black Plastic with White Dots

Pickguard: Faux Tortoise

Pickup: Fishman Aura VT

Hardshell Case