C. F. Martin 0-15 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1950)

C. F. Martin  0-15 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1950)

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C. F. Martin 0-15 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1950), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 114940, natural mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a super nicely preserved, great-playing and sounding postwar 0-15, the bottom-ranked model in Martin's guitar line. This small-bodied all-mahogany guitar still has a surprisingly loud voice, and sounds great finger or flat picked.

The 0-15 model is a study in careful economy; the finish was less polished than the otherwise identical 0-17, but structurally the guitars were the same. The standard Martin appointments are reduced to the minimum; there is no ornament besides a W/B/W sound hole ring and the tuners are simple openback plastic-button Klusons.

While this was the least expensive guitar Martin offered, listing for $50.00 in early 1950, it is still built to the expected Martin standard of quality and is an extremely fine instrument.
 
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

Overall a very clean guitar, exceptionally well-preserved for being almost 70 years old. There has been some careful set-up work with the bridge top lowered slightly, the saddle compensated, and a small maple cap added to the bridgeplate. Other than this, the guitar is completely original with only some dings and dents to the finish, most notably on the back. There is hardly any actual play wear, and the original frets and 1940s Kluson tuners look practically new. A very nice example of this most humble of Martins, with a sweet sound. Excellent Condition.