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❌SOLD❌ Martin Custom 000 Style 18 Sinker Mahogany

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From time to time our staff tour a well known plant in Nazareth, PA and custom order guitars like this Martin Custom 000 Style 18 14-fret guitar in Sinker Mahogany.

For this trip, Chris Bennett and Anne Hartman wanted a classic design with subtle improvements and for this Martin Custom 000 chose a Sitka Spruce top with Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) and Sinker Mahogany for the sides and back. The top and back braces are Sitka Spruce. The 14-fret neck is Honduran Mahogany, with Ebony used for both the bridge and fingerboard. The head plate is solid East Indian Rosewood and bears the large, old style Martin decal. The trim is the relatively simple, classic Style 18. The tuners are Grover Sta-Tites, and the position markers are Style 18 Abalone dots.

Sinker Mahogany is old wood that was harvested over a hundred years ago in Central America. This wood was intended to be floated downriver to a mill, but for any number of reasons some logs broke free and sank. Modern recovery efforts have brought up amounts of these logs, which are prized for instrument building because of their visual and tonal properties.

Martin’s VTS system simulates the effects of aging on the cells of the Spruce top and braces.

Here is part of their description:

“The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and craftswomen to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.

Further, Martin Guitar’s Research and Development (R&D) team rediscovered a process used by our craftsmen and craftswomen in the early 1900s to final dress the lacquer on our instruments by hand. The end result is a warm glow appearance that is as enticing to the eye as it is to the touch. The Vintage Gloss finish leaves the guitar with a satin appearance, far from the appearance of a satin spray.”

This Martin Custom 000 guitar is brand new and has not developed its voice, but even so has a warm, rich and evenly balanced tone with plenty of top end sparkle.  

The original Martin Geib-style hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $5,650.00 CAD
  • Model: Custom OOO Style 18
  • Year: 2019
  • Finish Gloss Vintage Tint
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: 2357965
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 02/03/2020

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3.78lbs 1.72kg
  • Scale Length: 632.5mm 24.9in
  • Nut Width: 44.45mm 1.75in
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