Serial Number:… 45697 circa 1931
Description:… The Martin Orchestra Model was original released in 1929 and was available until 1933
when it was changed to the shorter scale 000 model. This OM-18 features a long scale neck on a small
body which makes a very responsive and playable guitar. One of the first truly modern flat top acoustic
guitars it was also the first Martin to have a neck with 14 frets clear of the body. The comfortable V
neck profile and 1 3/4″ nut width along with the smaller body instantly appealed to finger style players.
Major factors contributing to the great sound of these guitars are the scalloped braces, small maple
bridge plate which allow the top to move more freely and the long scale length. This longer scale length
requires the strings to be at a higher tension when tuned to concert pitch. This extra tension drives the
top more and provides more volume and tone. This example is in all original and excellent overall
condition with purely cosmetic play wear!!
Neck:… Mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, 1 3/4″ nut width, 25.4″ scale length, V neck profile,
Brazilian rosewood head stock overlay.
Frets:… Very little wear.
Body:… OM body, mahogany sides and back, Sitka spruce top, ebony bridge with bone through saddle.
Finish:… Lots of play wear, lacquer checking, scratches, dents and belt buckle wear.
Hardware/electronics:… Grover PAT. banjo tuners.
Playability/Action:… Great playability with current action at 6.5/64″ bass side and 4/64″ treble side with
4/64″ saddle protruding.
Case:… Newer tweed hardshell case.
Pricing:… $28,500.00 Canadian Dollars (approx.$27,331.US as of May 6 /2010) SOLD