Used Acoustic Guitars
Martin, C.F.: 1942 000-18(Item ID: 1942 000-18 Serial#: 82861)
1942 000-18 with Mahogany and Adirondack Spruce
If a "vintage" guitar is all about the sound, then this 1942 000-18 certainly could serve as an example of the quality standard that all others should have to meet - its the real deal. It has a voice that is refreshingly direct, crisp, and responsive, and its sound has a personality and character that, like a best friend's company, is simply fun and inspiring to experience. And, judging by its well worn condition, for its prior owners, this guitar must have been a nearly inseparable companion.
“In all honesty, I have procrastinated in conjuring a write-up befitting this marvelous Martin 000-18. Perhaps this is due to the fact that mankind has long struggled to find words to adequately express love, for I indeed love this guitar! The beautiful tonal qualities stated above notwithstanding, it is simply a joy to play as it comes alive in your hands with virtually no effort—to quote my colleague, Kenny Howes, “it sounds like the truth.” Thus, another contributing factor in my delayed review is most certainly my genuine desire to own this guitar, despite a very real inability to make this happen! Of course, one can certainly dream, but when thoughts of potentially harvesting a kidney enter the mind, it is perhaps best to step aside and let fate decide.
I do not regard myself as an authority on Martin guitars, nor a vintage guitar “expert” (mostly as I harbor a great deal of skepticism for any who make such claims); however, I have had the benefit of being exposed to many thousands of guitars. If my impulse towards hyperbole in the case of this guitar is any indication, my experience as both a player and a dealer tells me instantly that this 000-18 is truly an exceptional instrument. Over the past few months of soul-searching, I have struggled to put my finger on what exactly makes this guitar so compelling. It was only recently that I realized that what I loved most about this guitar was the fact that someone else really loved it and played it regularly. This is evidenced by nature of its wear, which reflects genuine usage, not damage through neglect. In my somewhat limited exposure to vintage acoustic guitars, I have become increasingly convinced that the hallmarks of regular play, although not desirable from the standpoint of collectability, are often indicators of the best tone and that elusive haunting vibe. On this topic, I heartily agree with a prominent violin dealer here in Atlanta who once remarked to me that “violins [and, by extension, instruments in general] must be played, lest they go to sleep.” In this regard, this 000-18 is very much awake and ready to play!
Having been recently serviced by Hugh Hanson in Nashville (while in George Gruhn’s inventory), this guitar is in fantastic playing condition and would not present any impediments to its future owner. According to the accompanying letter of value by Gruhn, the repairs included: a neck reset, a complete re-fret, a new bone nut and saddle, and cleating/securing a couple top cracks located below the bridge near the center seam. As an aside, it would be advisable to replace the tuning machines with a matching replica (e.g., Waverly) as the original tuner buttons have shrunk and are potentially at risk of cracking unless handled with care (they are fully functional and intact at this time). Yet, with this guitar in hand, one quickly dismisses its signs of age and use as well as its medical records, as this Martin immediately delivers on the fundamental promise of a great instrument and that of music as a whole—it transports you to a place in your soul where emotion is tangible and thus brims to the surface free of worldly constraints. This is a guitar that is not just fun to play, but truly fulfilling to experience.
(Lindsay Petsch, Oct. 2016)
This guitar includes its original Geib archtop hardshell case. (used)
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