Martin 000-18

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The Martin 000-18—by today’s standards—is a small-bodied flattop guitar similar in many respects to its larger D-18 cousin. However, its origins stem from guitarists of the early 1900s that wanted a longer necked instrument with a larger body. First introduced in 1911 as the “000” series with 12-frets clearing the body, the 14-fret Martin version (then called OM-18) made its appearance in 1930. By 1933, the name reverted back to 000-18. Today’s Martin 000-18 is a small bodied Orchestra-size flattop with a sitka spruce top and standard “X” pattern bracing. Its mahogany back/sides (the 000-28 features rosewood back/sides) give it a warmth and ability to produce lower frequencies. The neck and bridge are made from rosewood. The 1 11/16” bone nut width lends itself to fingerstyle playing as does its 24.9” scale length. American folk hero Woody Guthrie used a 000-18. The main points of distinction for 000’s from OM’s on newer era Martins are their shorter scale length (24.9" vs. 25.4") and thinness at the nut (1 11/16" vs. 1 3/4")

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Street Price: $2,099.00 / MSRP: $2,799.00

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  • Soft and sweet!

  • By Martin Fan on Sep 16, 2009 | 6 out of 6 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Lovely Mahogany sound
  • Cons: none! There are no cons!
  • Experience: I own it
  • This is a very elegant and simple guitar. The mahogany sound is soft and with the expectation of...

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Specifications: Martin 000-18EDIT

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-11/16''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss ; Sunburst available at additional cost.
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Gotoh Chrome w/ Large Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Light Phosphor Bronze (MSP4100)
Bridge & End Pins: Black w/ White Dots
Pickguard: Black
Case: 630 Molded
Interior Label: none
Electronics: Optional
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X''
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Back Purfling: Style 18
Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Endpiece: Black Boltaron
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: Black Boltaron
Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: none
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplace: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil
Heelcap: Solid Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Scale Length: 24.9''
# of Frets Clear: 14.0
# of Frets Total: 20.0
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