#186652, small bodied guitar, in “very good minus” condition with a plush lined, newer, Harptone hard shell case.
The 5-16 Martin is an enigma wrapped in a soft, flavorful taco shell. Produced for only 2 years – 1962 and 1963 -- Martin made 77 in the first year and 50 in the second. At the same time they were doing this in the 5-18 version fairly continuously from 1898 when they started keeping serial number records to 1989 or 1990 when it became custom order. Up to 1962 Martin made 2,160 model 5-18 guitars, but of course they made only 127 5-16s. And this is one of them. It is rare, I tell you rare, and it sounds incredibly good for a small bodied, 21 3/8” scale, with a 1 10/16” fingerboard width at nut, and 2 1/8th” string spacing at bridge saddle. This guitar is overall in very good conditon except for an area on the bottom bass lower side which was, in the distant past, exposed to water or moisture which has caused visible and tactile finish erosion – mostly on the bottom side but also a bit on the lower back. The frets are mildly uneven. It is overall structurally sound showing normal signs of use and wear including dings, scratches, scrapes, scuffs, chips and finish checking (some deep). The tuners are the original open gear Grovers with scalloped metal buttons. Similar in many ways to a Style -18, this mahogany sides, back and neck, spruce top guitar has black-white-black-white top purfling, tortoise color binding top and back, an unbound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with no dotmarkers on the front but 6 white markers on the bass side starting at 3rd. The headstock overlay is Brazilian rosewood and bears the old style gold matte C F Martin & Co., Est. 1833 logo. The soundhole is bordered in 3 concentric rings, the central one being 9 plies of black and white, the other two just black. The nut and saddle appear to be bone, the bridge saddle is low but the action, at least when set-up as a “high string” Nashville tuning guitar, which this model lends itself to being and is so oriented now, is quite comfortable. For those who are seeking something hard to find and ultra-collectible, in a great sounding acoustic instrument that measures only 33 ¼” in total length, 15 ¾” in body length, and which, when played even lightly, fills the room with melody, this is offered at a really reasonable price:
Our Discount Price is $2,056.00 and Our Cash Discount Price is $1,995.00.
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