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Martin OM-18 Authentic 1933 Acoustic Guitar Natural 

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Overview

  • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
  • Body Size: 000-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $6,499.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $1,500.00
  • Your Price:
    $4,99900

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      Built the old-fashioned way to give you the genuine Martin look, feel, and sound that made people fall in love with Martins in the first place.

      Martin's Authentics Series guitars are constructed the old way - with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institute. Based on a 1933 OM-18 on loan from Fred Oster of Vintage Instruments, this guitar is constructed with a mahogany back and sides and an Adirondack spruce top using an authentic circa 1933 bracing pattern. Featuring period-correct "OM-18" Authentic-style appointments, right down to the Authentic 1933 neck barrel and heel.

      Includes a 533V Harptone style case.

      Features

      • Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
      • Body Size: 000-14 Fret
      • Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
      • Rosette: Old Style 18
      • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped (Authentic Style) - Circa 1933
      • Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16''
      • Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
      • Back Purfling: Solid Madagascar Rosewood Strip
      • Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
      • Endpiece: Solid Madagascar Rosewood in a Narrow 1933 Shaped
      • Binding: Black Boltaron
      • Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
      • Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
      • Neck Shape: Authentic 1933 Barrel and Heel
      • Nut Material: Solid Black Ebony
      • Headstock: Solid/1939 Taper
      • Headplate: Solid Madagascar Rosewood/Authentic Style (1933) Gold Lettering with No Black Outline
      • Heelcap: Solid Black Ebony
      • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
      • Scale Length: 25.4''
      • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
      • Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner - 1933 Chris Hillman Shaded
      • Finish Neck: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
      • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
      • Bridge Style: Authentic Style Belly w/Long Saddle
      • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/8''
      • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Fossilized Ivory
      • Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel 8060 w/Butterbean Knobs
      • Recommended Strings: Martin Bronze Medium Gauge (M150)
      • Bridge & End Pins: Black
      • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
      • Case: 533V Harptone style
      • Number Of Frets Clear: 14
      • Number Of Frets Total: 20
      • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4''
      • Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/4''
      • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18

      Take a step back to 1933, with this meticulously created guitar. Order today for that throwback sound.

       
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      5.0

      Well Worth 3 Month Wait

      By easterna

      from Schenectady, NY

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            Comments about Martin OM-18 Authentic 1933 Acoustic Guitar:

            Beautiful instrument. Craftsmanship is impeccable. Photos don't do the aged toner finish justice. Neck is comfortable and with a 1 ¾ width at the nut, well suited for fingerstyle playing. The guitar is surprisingly light. It's not the loudest of my guitars but it has good volume and projection. Notes are clearly articulated with a long sustain. Although the bass is not as deep as a dred, it is strong.There seems to be a very musical quality to the lower end. Overall,the guitar's tone is nicely balanced, low end to high. When actually playing pieces and not just plucking notes, the guitar absolutely sings. It has a remarkable resonance which makes me wonder if the word reverb can be used to describe an acoustic instrument. Action and playability are quite good even with the medium gauge strings Martin uses on the guitar. As a fingerstyle player, I use light gauge strings on my guitars; so, these may be replaced which should ease the action a bit. According to Martin, changing string gauges will not require any set-up adjustments. Right now, with medium gauge strings, the guitar really responds to a pick. Despite its excellent tone, the guitar still needs to open up quite a bit. I'm giving this guitar five stars; while it may not be the best sounding guitar I own, I don't doubt it will be as it matures. I find myself picking this guitar up much more often than my other instruments- it's just fun to play. Overall, a great guitar- worth the price.

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