1937 Martin 00-18H – Shadetop – pre-War

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C.F. Martin
00-18H - Shadetop
1937 ( pre-War )
Original Hardshell Case
Very Good

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1937 Martin 00-18H – Shadetop – pre-War

We present an Original 1937 C.F. Martin 00-18H Shadetop Conversion. Made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

This model is one of 128 issued in the largest production run the model enjoyed. Only 255 00-18H instruments were built in total, and many, if not most would have featured a natural top finish instead of the dramatic beautiful sunburst finish also called; Shadetop. By this time the “regular” 00-18 was only built as a 14-fret model, this Hawaiian variant was the only 12-fret version available.

The C.F. Martin 00-18H was a fairly modest instrument, the only mahogany Hawaiian-style model in the company’s mid-30’s line, priced well under the rosewood-and-pearl 00-40H. It was primarily intended for students, as teaching the Hawaiian guitar was big business in the 30’s. Like all Style 18 models it is built with mahogany back and sides and a spruce top but still maintain the same workmanship standards as the highest-grade rosewood instruments. Overall, this lovely shade-top 00-18 is extremely clean condition for its age with its original finish.  Nicks, dings and other cosmetic play wear. Few crack repairs around the side has been done. The feel and sound is so amazing with a big volume. It features Sunburst top, natural back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top and ebony fingerboard. The guitar has features like the belly bridge and tortoise celluloid pickguard. The tuners are Grover strip units with celluloid buttons that are specific to this era.

Comes complete with its original hardshell case. Latches and handle are in working order.

  • Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.).
  • Width of nut is 1 7/8 in. (48 mm.).

All work done by a professional luthier of the highest level.

  • Short (half inch) side repairs afterwords been sealed.
  • Hawaiian conversion.
  • Neck reset, new nut, refret, repair of bridge pin holes, new bridge.
  • All typical accepted conversion work.
  • The original bridge carefully re-worked with a properly angled saddle.


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