C. F. Martin 0-18T Flat Top Tenor Guitar (1949)

C. F. Martin  0-18T Flat Top Tenor Guitar  (1949)

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C. F. Martin 0-18T Model Flat Top Tenor Guitar (1949), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 108425, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard.

This model Martin is likely the most popular tenor guitar ever made, and this is a good playing example from the just-post WWII era. Typical features include the spruce top, mahogany back and sides, rosewood belly bridge and fingerboard, teardrop celluloid pickguard, and 14 fret 23" scale neck. The Brazilian-rosewood-faced headstock has a small "C. F. Martin" decal logo and open back Kluson tuners.

While designed in the late 1920s for tenor banjoists getting pushed out of work by the preference for the guitar's mellower tone, tenor guitars have a range of possibilities still not fully explored. Rabon Delmore used small tenor Martin models including the 0-18T to play the deftly picked leads that characterize the Delmore Brothers' music, and many others have explored them since.
 
Overall length is 35 3/4 in. (90.8 cm.), 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.).

This is a nice playing example, built rather lighter than the more common late 1950s and early 1960s examples often found today and with a more resonant sound. The entire guitar has a very light lacquer overspray/polish-out that looks quite old, and does not seem to have affected the sound one bit.

There are two repaired grain cracks -- one on the lower back, and one off the lower edge of the pickguard, which is the correct style but looks more recent than the rest of the guitar. Overall a good player's example of this small Martin classic; a 4-string for the ages. Very Good + Condition.