Martin 00-18 Mid '50s Natural

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $1,940$3,400

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.  Though less collectable than pre-war Martins, 00-18s from the '50s and '60s are still very highly regarded by collectors. 

Years of Production: 1898 - 1995

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

Note: Pictured example is from 1954. 

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