Martin OM-18 Shade Top (1933)
TME is proud to showcase this 1933 Martin OM-18, featuring that glorious shade-top finish--as fine a steel-string guitar as you'll encounter anywhere. It's hard to replace our dearly departed 0-18, but this guitar makes a neat companion piece: they're only 50 serial numbers apart! As the photos show, this OM-18 has been played very extensively and sports finish wear on the top and numerous dings and gouges. It is, however, in original condition.
The sound: this guitar is everything you'd expect in a pre-war OM-18, with a wonderful, dark dryness. It's incredibly loud and crystal clear, with a woodiness of sound that seems to leap right out of the top. It can be delicate and chimey when played with fingers, but it's actually a terrific guitar for flatpicking too. Huge, focused low end and bell-like trebles. Priced with non-original hard case.
Mahogany back & sides
Adirondack Spruce top
Shade top finish
1 3/4" nut width
Interested? We may have another on the way.