1968 Martin 00-18

A remarkably appealing late 1960s Martin 00-18, this pretty little guitar sounds warm, open, and dark and offers rounded, thick, and full sounding trebles. It’s a wonderful fingerstyle instrument, but versatile enough to carry flat-picked melodies with confidence. Beyond that, it’s in fabulous condition and crack-free, has had a perfectly executed neck reset, and offers excellent playability with low action and unworn original frets.

Wide grained Sitka spruce top with X bracing and a small rosewood plate (00 sized guitars didn’t receive the large rosewood plates like the Dreadnoughts did in the late 1960s). Mahogany back and sides, black bindings, original ivory nut, and Grover tuners. Original unmodified rosewood bridge with a new bone saddle and new Antique Acoustics bridge pins. The pickguard is a nicely made replacement; the badly warped original is in the case pocket.

This 00-18’s neck has much more of a late 1940s feel than we’d expect. It has a fairly deep and round profile, with a 1st fret depth of .872” and a 9th fret depth of .980”. The nut is a hair shy of 1-11/16”, and the scale is 24.9”. We’ve set the guitar up with 12-53 strings and an action of 4-6 64ths at the 12th fret.

With early 1980s Martin black thermoplastic case.