Steve Swan Guitars
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Vintage Martin Other Size

I seek out strong examples of Pre-1970 Martin guitars from many sources. With their light build, Adirondack Spruce tops, and scalloped brace voicing, I am strongly interested in all models from the classic late 1920s through 1944 period. I like to have good sounding examples of the larger OOO and Dreadnought sizes in the postwar tapered brace voicing period of 1945 through 1948 with Adirondack Spruce tops ending for all models by late 1946 and Sitka Spruce tops being used exclusively in 1947-48. The beefier build style starting in 1948 progressing up through the mid-1960s produced some really great Dreadnoughts for Bluegrass and other heavier playing styles where volume and clarity are important. Scattered throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, but most notably in the 1952-53 period Martin used light, but strong Engelmann Spruce tops on some of their guitars. Many dealers currently mistake and misname this lighter colored top wood as Adirondack Spruce. I’ll also have smaller model sizes represented in this 1948-1969 group if they are responsive and demonstrate a lot of character in their voice.

Coming Soon: 1931 OO-21, 1938 OOO-18, 1944 OOO-28, 1946 OOO-21


1974 Martin N-10 Nylon string classical guitar (337925)

This near mint condition 1974 Martin N-10 (337925) is one of the more desirable long scale versions. Save for one small hairline crack on the back near the center line, there are no other cracks or any sings of play wear. Mahogany body, Sitka Spruce top, Fan bracing, 26 3/8 string scale. Bold, clear voice […]

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Price: Sold

1954 Martin O-18 (136230)

This especially fine consignment 1954 Martin O-18 is very healthy, quite responsive, and has a gorgeous, full voice. Medium grain width crack-free Sitka spruce top, Mahogany back and sides with a single short repaired crack in the bass side near the tail, Shiny clean original Waverly tuners, Very dark Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay, Replacement pin […]

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Price: Sold

1955 Martin O-18 (141496)

This consignment 1955 Martin O-18 is a fine and good sounding player grade instrument at an affordable price. The entire guitar has been oversprayed, the bridge has been shaved down a little, that are crack repairs to the top and sides, and it really could use a neck reset for the very best playability. All […]

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Price: Sold

1934 Martin long OM scale OOO-28 (56582)

This consignment 1934 Martin OOO-28 (56582) features the long OM string scale length that was used through about August of that year. Of the 129 OOO-28s built that year, about 85 or so featured the long 25 3/8″ OM string scale found on this guitar. This instrument was formerly the personal instrument of noted instrument […]

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1936 Martin sunburst OOO-28 (64967)

This consignment Martin OOO-28 (64967) is one of only 72 made in 1936 and one of just a very few that got a sunburst top finish treatment. The Adirondack spruce top has a fine, even grain structure and shows some cross-grain “silking”. The Brazilian rosewood back and sides is a medium brown with red highlights. […]

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1946 OOO-18 (96752)

This fine sounding consignment 1946 Martin OOO-18 (96752) dates from fall of that year. Distinctive features are the radically tapered top braces, the “clover leaf” base plate Waverly tuners, ebony neck reinforcement, and exceptionally nice dark fine grain Sitka spruce top. By this time period Martin was using Brazilian rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge […]

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Price: $5950

1928 Martin 2-18T (37797)

This lovely 1928 Martin 2-18T (37797) is a small tenor guitar with a tonally complete voice. Adirondack spruce top, Honduras mahogany back, sides, and neck, Original Grover banjo tuners, Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay, Ebony fingerboard with 3 pearl dots, 12 frets to the body joint, Brazilian rosewood body binding, Wooden purflings, Ebony bridge with long […]

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1953 Martin OO-18 (134066)

This clean, well-presented and great sounding Martin OO-18 (134066) was made in late 1953. It is one of the few made with an Adirondack spruce top, which has no cracks, but does have a light assortment of stray dings and pick marks. The single 4″ repaired crack is in the back, near the tail on […]

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Price: Sold

1907 Martin 1-21 (10632)

This well maintained 1907 Martin 1-21 (10632) is in very clean overall condition and performs quite well with a custom light guage (.050″ – .011″) steel string set. The 1-21 was one of Martin’s most popular models in the 1890s through the first decade of the 20th century. Original brass Waverly strip tuners, Dark red […]

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1932 OM-18 Shaded Top (52519)

This beautiful shaded top 1932 Martin OM-18 (52519) is the nicest sounding prewar OM-18 that I’ve had in a very long time. Adirondack Spruce top, Honduras Mahogany back, sides, and neck, Replacement Waverly tuners, “C.F Martin” stamp on rear of headstock, Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay with gold “C.F. Martin” decal, Original Ebony nut, 1 3/4″ […]

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Price: Sold