C. F. Martin 0-16NY Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1968)

C. F. Martin  0-16NY Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1968)
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C. F. Martin 0-16NY Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1968), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 231949, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

This little Martin is an early (if unheralded) example of a "vintage" re-issue; one of the first in the company's history. Beginning in the early '60s there was a groundswell of demand for 1920s-style 12-fret Martin guitars, which were considered more "authentic" folk instruments than the newer 14-fret styles common since the 1930s. Joan Baez in particular was very influential in this regard; her use of an already-vintage 12-fret 0-45 became an icon of the era.

The 0-16NY was offered beginning in 1961 as an affordable guitar for folk-style playing with either steel or nylon strings; to this end, they were built much lighter than the "modern" steel string Martins of the time. The satin (non-gloss) finish and trimmings are very plain but the guitar is built with Style 18 materials; a spruce top with a mahogany body and neck. Essentially this is a re-issue of a late 1920s 0-18, with a wide 12-fret neck, slot head, small bridge, no pickguard, and only side dot position markers. Although advertised as suitable for nylon strings or steel when new, these guitars have full traditional Martin X-bracing and handle light steel strings perfectly well. Suitable for many styles beyond traditional folk, this is very nice under the radar Martin model!
Overall length is 38 1/4 in. (97.2 cm.), 13 5/8 in. (34.6 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 7/8 in. (48 mm.).

This is a nice clean and original example, with very little wear overall -- just a few small dings on the headstock. The bridge appears to have been lowered a bit, but there are no other repairs or alterations. This is a great playing, sweet sounding guitar with more volume than one might expect; a true bargain in a 50+ year old Martin. Excellent + Condition.