1949 Martin 00-18 – £3499
NEW ARRIVAL Late 40’s 0018’s are pretty difficult to find, and this example is excellent – one of the most surprising guitars I’ve played in quite a while. It works very well with fingerstyle play, well balanced and articulate, but also for strumming where the Mahogany adds warmth and depth that you may not associate with a smaller bodied guitar, and when soloing the smoothness of single notes is very impressive. Clearly the guitar has been played hard all it’s life, and has only benefited from this – the tone is deeper and richer than many equivalent guitars I’ve played. The playing experience is very enjoyably too, the neck feels very comfortable, the fingerboard really responsive, and the action is comfortable. There are several crack repairs on the top and back, all tight and sympathetically done, so the guitar has lost none of it’s resonance, and is good to go for another 70 plus years. It comes in a later Martin hard case.