C. F. Martin 00-17 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1952)
C. F. Martin 00-17 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1952), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 127930, dark mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case. Item # 7659
A very nice all-mahogany Martin 00 from late 1952, with the typical crisply defined yet still warm sound these guitars are well known for. Original equipment includes original individual Kluson large-plate openback tuners with plastic buttons, small straight rosewood bridge and tortoise celluloid pickguard, typical Martin features for the 1950's. These mahogany-top small-body-guitars have a distinctive ringing tone and are excellent fingerpickers as well as a good all-around choice in a vintage Martin that won't break the bank.
Overall length is 32 3/8 in. (82.2 cm.), 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 3/16 in. (10.6 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.). A nicely original guitar with no notable alterations and just some typical repair. Just back from a new neckset, this one plays perfectly rings for days! There are small dings and dents to the finish on the body but no major pickwear, the back of the neck is actually quite clean. The original bridge still has good height and looks to have been rounded down just a bit at some point. The frets are superb with virtually no wear. The top has several fairly deep scratches to the upper treble bout but no cracks, and has held its shape quite well. The back has a long grain crack just off the center seam and two areas where impact cracks have been sealed up-all cleanly done but visible. The original tuner buttons have some typical shrinkage but are still functional. This is a very good playing and sounding all-mahogany Martin, far less heavily worn than many and still an excellent value. Excellent - Condition.
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