The Real McCoy


Attention, acoustic guitar-loving Wildwoodians! We have a truly delectable morsel for you to feast your eyes upon today: the Authentic Series 1931 00-18. Using a combination of cutting-edge technology and old-world manufacturing techniques, the masterful acoustic maestros at Martin have managed to lovingly replicate the sound of a '31 00-18.

Martin puts these awesome 00-18s together with hot hide-glue, a protein-based adhesive that provides the strongest possible connection between the two pieces. They also hand-scallop each and every brace! This process is time-consuming, and it requires painstaking attention to detail, but it's worth it, because it lends their Authentic series guitars Golden-Era levels of resonance and sustain.

They only use the hide glue on good pieces of wood, too! These awesome Authentic 00-18s come equipped with solid Adirondack spruce tops and bracing and stellar solid mahogany backs and sides, a classic tonewood combination that never fails to impress everyone within earshot. Adirondack spruce has more headroom and dynamic range than the more-common Sitka variety, and it also has a sweeter, woodier overall tonality. When you combine this stellar spruce tone with the warmth and roundness of the mahogany back and sides, the sound is the stuff of our wildest, most feverish acoustic dreams!

After selecting the choicest cuts of wood, the masterminds at Martin age the top using their patented Vintage Tone System, or VTS. THe VTS is a sophisticated thermochemical process that is similar to torrefaction but more involved. Basically, torrefaction works like this: you put the wood in an oxygen-free chamber under atmospheric pressure, and heat it. This sucks the moisture out of the wood and causes various biopolymers like cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, which makes the wood more solid and stable.

Martin's Vintage Tone Process takes the torrefaction process one step further. The acoustic wizards of Nazareth, Pennsylvania studied the chemical composition of various iconic Martins from the past, then figured out how to reverse-engineer modern wood to mirror that classic wood chemistry by using the torrefaction process I mentioned above. So, if you put the Adirondack spruce top on this 1933 Authentic Series 00-18 under a microscope, it looks almost identical to the pre-war dreadnought that inspired it!

The VTS system and 00-18s go together like Hall and Oates! Drier wood equals a warmer, clearer sound with a more focused frequency response, so there's less flub and fat and more muscle, so to speak. When you give the already-clear, sonorous voice of the Adirondack top this vintage treatment, it makes these guitars sound like a dream: open, warm, clear, and woody, with a ridiculously wide dynamic range of expression. In particular, the 00-18 model has world-beating clarity even though it has a spectacularly warm, midrange-forward voice. Its string-to-string balance is impeccable, and it is tremendously responsive. This makes the Authentic 00-18 a true fingerpicker's delight, though it also works wonders as a small-bodied strummer.

We are proud to present such delightful instruments to our exceptional customers, and we invite you to experience the magic of the prewar Martin sound by taking one of these Authentic acoustics for a spin!

Condition Report

This marvelous Martin is in excellent shape with no cosmetic flaws to report. It comes with its original Martin hardshell case.

Specifications:

Brand Used
Model00-18 Authentic 1931 - VTS
Type00-12 Fret
Top WoodAdirondack Spruce with VTS
Top FinishVintage Gloss
Bracing PatternAuthentic 1931 X Brace
Brace MaterialAdirondack Spruce with VTS
Back & Sides WoodGenuine Mahogany
Back & Sides FinishVintage Gloss
Neck WoodSolid Genuine Mahogany
Neck FinishAged Vintage Gloss
Neck ShapeAuthentic 1931
Neck Dimensions.840 1st - 1.060 9th
Nut Width1 7/8''
Bridge String Spacing2-3/8"
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Fingerboard InlaysAuthentic 18 Old Style
Scale Length24.9''
Nut MaterialBone
RosetteOld Style 18 Multi-Stripe
TunersGolden Age Relic Brass Side Mount
BridgeAuthentic Ebony Belly w/Glue-In Long Saddle
Saddle16'' Radius/Bone
CaseBlack Hardshell Case

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