This is a fantastic flatpicking guitar; and it rewards a relaxed right hand with ultra-warm, crystal clear fat trebles all the way up the fingerboard.
Why We Love This
We've known about this 1937 Martin 00-18H for several years, since a neighbor of its original owner brought it to the shop asking for the name of someone who could repair it. It had a trapeze tailpiece on it at one point, and the holes from the tailpiece's footprint needed filling. It wasn't particularly playable at that point, but it's set up gorgeously now and sounds incredibly round and full. TJ Thompson installed a new bridge, frets, nut & saddle, and filled the aforementioned holes left by the previously-installed tailpiece.
By the way -- have you looked at this thing? What a drop dead gorgeous example of a 30's Martin shadetop. And thanks to the expert-level setup work, it plays like an absolute dream. This is a fantastic flatpicking guitar for any devotee of Norman Blake; and it rewards a relaxed right hand with ultra-warm, crystal clear fat trebles all the way up the fingerboard. It likely goes without saying that it's a smashingly good fingerstyle guitar, but we'll say it anyway. Considering the relative scarcity of 1930's 12-fret Martin 00 in all-original condition, we feel this guitar is a dynamite acquisition for anyone interested in their purity of tone who can handle a few well-earned modifications. Priced with contemporary fiberglass case. On consignment.