Martin 000-18 (1967) $2300

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This well-played mahogany beauty will soon reach the half-century mark, and has the “age spots” to show it. That said, it is entirely original except for a beautiful new pickguard that we installed to replace the original, which was lifting and warped, and the addition of an unobtrusive undersaddle pickup at some point in the past. As is typical of warped Martin pickguards, the shrinkage caused a small top crack, which has been professionally repaired and which is hidden by the new guard.

The 12th fret action on both the high and low E strings is 8/64,” which provides plenty of dynamic power for bluegrass or other flatpicking styles. However, fingerstylists and players with a lighter touch might opt for a neck reset in order to wring every tuneful nuance from this inspiring guitar. And speaking of tone, this guitar has all of the depth, sweetness, and finesse you could expect from an older Martin—there really is something about seasoned, played-in tonewood that can't be replicated by a newer guitar.

Frets recently crowned and still have plenty of life left. Ships in a newer hardshell case. $2300

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This well-played mahogany beauty will soon reach the half-century mark, and has the “age spots” to show it. That said, it is entirely original except for a beautiful new pickguard that we installed to replace the original, which was lifting and warped, and the addition of an unobtrusive undersaddle pickup at some point in the past. As is typical of warped Martin pickguards, the shrinkage caused a small top crack, which has been professionally repaired and which is hidden by the new guard.

The 12th fret action on both the high and low E strings is 8/64,” which provides plenty of dynamic power for bluegrass or other flatpicking styles. However, fingerstylists and players with a lighter touch might opt for a neck reset in order to wring every tuneful nuance from this inspiring guitar. And speaking of tone, this guitar has all of the depth, sweetness, and finesse you could expect from an older Martin—there really is something about seasoned, played-in tonewood that can’t be replicated by a newer guitar.

Frets recently crowned and still have plenty of life left. Ships in a newer hardshell case. $2300