Very good condition featuring junior size body, solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, multiple bound top edges and single bound back edges, decorative soundhole rosette, tortoiseshell grain pickguard, rectangular Brazilian rosewood bridge with black pins, bone saddle, mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with three mother of pearl inlays starting at the fifth fret and ending at the ninth fret, bone nut, square Martin peghead shape, Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay with gold CF Martin & Co. logo, three per side open back Grover tuning machines and small chipboard case.
This 1950 Martin 5-18 measures 11.25" at the lower bout while at the upper bout it is 8.25″. Its body is just 16″ in length with a 21.4" scale. This guitar is in overall very good vintage cosmetic condition showing signs of wear throughout including pick scratches, back scratches, a few dings here and there, and two professionally repaired top cracks that are structurally solid and were repaired long ago. One bridge pin is a replacement. A pickup has been added as well as a metal output jack in the endpin hole. Some epoxy repair has been done at the bottom of the guitar above the output jack (see photos). This repair is extremely solid, appears to have been done a long time ago and does not move whatsoever. This guitar plays great up and down the fingerboard with low comfortable action. The saddle is low but could be raised if desired (we prefer it the way it is, though). This guitar is a blast to play and sounds wonderful! It sounds great unplugged and plugged in. The passive pickup really gives this guitar a bit more usability and although it takes away from its collector appeal a bit, this one is for playing!
This is a fantastic little 71 year old Martin flat top that I believe will make someone very happy for years to come. An awesome travel partner and songwriting companion! A gem of a guitar shipped out safely and promptly from our little shop here in Clarksville, Tennessee, to your front door.