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A limited edition Martin with heart.
The Martin Limited Edition 00-18 Tim O'Brien Acoustic Guitar is based in tradition, but incorporates some features not previously found in the Martin line. Tim had some specific ideas about what he wanted in a signature guitar model. He chose the "00" body and the "18" styling, which on his model includes solid mahogany for the sides and back and Adirondack spruce for the top.
This 00-18 guitar's top is supported with scalloped 1/4" Adirondack braces and tone bars and a maple bridge plate. The thin bracing and the stiffness of the Adirondack spruce produces a clear bell-like tone with volume suitable for both fingerpicking and flatpicking. The guitar's soundhole is adorned with a simple vintage-style Martin 18 rosette. However the black, center ring have been replaced by an elegantly thin strip of select abalone pearl.
A beveled, polished tortoise-style pickguard protects the Martin Tim O'Brien guitar's top below the strings. The top and back are bound in black Boltaron and the center back strip of Madagascar rosewood matches the headplate overlay displaying the historic golden era-style Martin decal.
In a show of support for the use of alternative woods, Tim chose solid Spanish cedar for the full-thickness "V" neck, attached to the body with the traditional dove-tailed neck joint. The ebony fingerboard features Martin's pocketed fret slots, G300 fret wire, and is dressed out with a diamonds and squares inlay pattern of select abalone pearl.
The neck width at the nut is 1-3/4". Nut and saddle are bone. A unique feature of the Martin 00-18 Tim O'Brien guitar is its 25-1/2" scale length, which is typically reserved for dreadnoughts and orchestra models. This feature adds to the power and volume of this specially designed acoustic guitar. The Tim O'Brien guitar is detailed with a highly polished nitrocellulose finish and comes in a Geib-style deluxe case.
The interior label of the Martin 00-18 Tim O'Brien Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar will be personally signed by O'Brien.
00-18 Tim O'Brien Acoustic Guitar
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Comments about Martin 00-18 Tim O'Brien Acoustic Guitar:
Uniquely beautiful, bell-like tone. Very comfortable to play (love the V-shaped, full-scale neck and small body size). Just holding this instrument, you understand why it is so expensive. It just feels and sounds perfect. I have been all over the country, in many different music stores. I've tried hundreds of high-end guitars, and this was the ONE that really spoke to me. The aesthetic "extras" are subtle but beautiful. People who don't know guitars will say "it's nice" but people who do know guitars will know immediately how special this one is. I can't wait to bond with this beauty. Note: I haven't used it for recording or mic'd live let - I'm curious to see how it does.