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Martin 1926 000-18 Vintage Acoustic Guitar #25074  From Martin

You can feel and hear the history in this amazing vintage Martin!


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What We Think

What a stunning piece!

This rare, long-scale 000 has quickly become a staff favorite, a guitar we will never forget. Apparently, Martin only built about a thousand of these between 1900 and 1931, the majority of which were built in 1926 (like this one).

It's been played and well loved. It's got the kind of wear you'd expect on a vintage instrument of this age, along with one replaced brass tuner (like a pirate with one gold tooth). It was either repaired or re-sold at 336 E 22nd Street in New York at some point in its life (a distressed label inside the soundhole can attest to that).

Its tone is ancient and wise. We love those woody, shimmering overtones that age coaxes out of mahogany. The Adirondack spruce top is responsive and extremely precise. The neck has a V-profile that's very accommodating for finger-style. We can only imagine the stories that this guitar could tell! But there's certainly some residue of its illustrious history contained within the tone itself.

Condition: Used, Good - Neck reset and bridge replaced at Martin factory in 2009 (original bridge included), significant wear consistent with an instrument of its age. Silk & Steel or xtra-light strings pitched 1/2 step down HIGHLY recommended. There are three hairline top cracks repaired at the factory. It has also been over sprayed. The bridge plate is original.



Martin 1926 000-18 Vintage Acoustic Guitar #25074

Sound Pure guitar expert Robinson Earle takes us on a voyage with the oldest guitar currently in the shop, a vintage 1926 Martin 000-18. This guitar is in good shape for it's age. It's been well loved and has the kind of wear you'd expect on an instrument of this age, along with one replaced brass tuner (like a pirate with one gold tooth). The Adirondack Spruce top is responsive and extremely precise. The neck has a V-profile that's very accommodating for finger-style.

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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.



Serial Number: 25074

Scale: 25.4” 

Total length: 39 1/4”

Waist: 8 7/8”

Body length: 20 ¼”

Depth: 3 15/16th”

Upper Bout: 10 ¾”

Lower Bout: 15”

Nut Width: 1 27/32"