Pre-Owned Martin Prewar 1933 OM-18, Sold
This 1933 Martin OM-18 is the cleanest original prewar Martin I have ever had and possibly ever seen is my decade’s long vintage guitar career. It is near Mint and light as a feather. Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides. The original finish shows some checking but very little and incredibility few small dings and pings. This 1933 OM-18 is crack free past and present. The headstock logo is the very early gold silkscreen design and the nut measuring 1 11/16” is Ebony as I have seen on many earlier 30’s Martins. The playability and intonation are excellent, even up the neck with No sign of ever having a neckset or of presently anywhere near needing a neckset. The #6 string measures 3.5/32 at the 12th and the #1 E 2.5/32” at the 12th fret. Martin M140 light strings. The original very early design open-back gears have Grover stamped down one side and are in working order. “CF Martin, Nazareth PA” stamped on back of the headstock; Mahogany 14 fret “V” neck, no strap button ever installed. The Ebony fingerboard and frets show almost no wear. The original Ebony bridge shows no indicators of movement or repairs, long bone saddle. The original “tortoise, full-size” guard is down flat with only very minute shrinkage. The only replacement I see on this guitar period is the plastic bridge pins. INSIDE: This guitar looks almost as new and clean as the day it was made. All the interior braces, kerfing, tape and bridgeplate are tight without showing any signs of ever being loose, tampered with, or reglued. The neckblock is stamped “OM-18” and the serial number 5xxx6. The back endblock has the infamous Maple strip. This guitar has been a pure pleasure inspecting inside and out and again, I just don’t remember seeing an original OM-18 this clean. The finish was examined under a black light and inside a bright light and mirror inspecting for anything loose and body cracks - None. The 25.4” scale OM-18 was made only 1932 and 1933 to be reintroduced in 1934 as the 000-18 with a shorter scale length of 24.5”. The stock market crash of 1929 followed by the Great Depression caused Martin to consolidate models. My research indicates a production total of 200 OM-18’s were made in 1933 and a total of 765 from 1929-1933 including the earlier banjo tuner design. This instrument has been in the collection of a well known by me knowledgeable vintage Martin collector since 2000. He acquired the instrument thru the Family of the original owner in Florida. Non original newer hardshell case. Thanks, Tommy Allen, Pickers Paradise Guitars.