Martin 00-18 1939 Natural

Reverb Estimated Price Range

  • $6,000$8,000

As part of the Martin 18 series, the 00-18 used Mahogany for its back and sides (though examples from prior to 1917 used Rosewood). Like other orchestra or auditorium-sized Martins, the 00-18 is considered an excellent finger-style guitar. The 00-18 changed from 12 to 14 clear of the body in 1933 and 1934, which also brought an update to the body shape.  Just like Martin Dreadnoughts, 00-18s from between 1934 and the beginning of World War II are the most sought-after by collectors.

Years of Production: 1898 - 1995

Unique to this Era: Transition from Ebony to Rosewood fingerboard occurs throughout late '30s.

Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides, Spruce top, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Unbound fingerboard, 14-frets (clear of body), 9-ring soundhole rosette, dot inlays, rounded belly bridge

Notable Players: Steve Howe, John Mellencamp, Elizabeth Cotten


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