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1931 Martin OM-18

Price: $14,500

This great sounding late summer 1931 Martin OM-18 (48106) went to Martin back in 1936-37 for new and 6:1 Grover G-98 tuners to replace the original clipped plate set, and a cleanup overspray to the finish, with the addition of a headstock decal. Martin did not maintain repair records for this period after 1935. The Adirondack spruce top bold, even grain lines that help to give the voice a wide variety of tone color and good presence. The medium density Honduras mahogany back and sides show a slight bit of ribbon figure, while the neck shows a little more curly figure and ribbon. The rear headstock C.F. Martin stamp is still crisp, in spite of the very light cleanup overspray to the neck.  As previously mentioned, the headstock decal and G-98 tuners are Martin work from the 1936-37  time period. The bar frets are in good health, with a recent light milling from Alan Perlman. Alan also reset the neck with a fingerboard extension wedge that provides for the same easy playing up to the end of the fingerboard.

The bridge was previously planed flat and had a cap that was reshaped to a Martin belly bridge shape. Alan Perlman refined the shape of the belly and bridge feet to a more authentic configuration. The top, bridgeplate, and top braces are free of cracks or repairs. Older replacement ivory nut. Replacement pin set. The middle of the back has a 4 1/2″ repaired crack  on the treble side, about 1″ from the center seam. The back center seam shows finish separation, but not a physical wood separation or crack. The bass-side side has 5 different repaired 2-3″ cracks. The treble-side side has 3 repaired 2″ cracks. The tail block suffered a now repaired endpin crack, about 2″ on each side of the center. Alan Perlman made a thin replacement maple strip cap for the inside of the tail block. Most recently, Alan Perlman replaced the 1936-37 replacement Grover tuners with a new set of the drop-in replacement round button Waverly tuners from Stew-Mac. Life is too short to be fussing with tuning all of the time.

This guitar is pure joy to play, as it is very expressive and has a large voice, even when played lightly. With contemporary hardshell case.

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