Sold - Martin 000-18 2019 Custom Shop Sinker Mahogany

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Wow, this is a really, really nice guitar!  It has all the attributes you hear about when you dig into 000 and OM style acoustics - balance and warmth galore.  

The fit and finish and selected woods are beautiful.  Look at that mahogany back...  

The guitar is in exceptionally clean condition with very little fret wear and no issues.  There is an added neck heel strap button, otherwise it is all original.

Here is the story on sinker mahogany, the wood used on the back and sides:

There were no roads in the jungles so the rivers were the highways. Logging crews would work year round felling the trees and dragging the logs into the rivers. The water preserved the wood from the sun, air, and insects in the dry season when the rivers were too low to float the logs to the mouths of the rivers. When the rains came the logs would be lashed into large rafts, floated downriver, loaded onto ships, and delivered to the European sawmills. BUT…not all of the logs made their way to river’s end. Some of the logs got water logged and sank to the bottom of the river in the holding areas while others got tangled in the brush and roots along the riverbanks and sank. Some people estimate that 30% of the logs never completed the journey. In Belize, which was British Honduras until its’ independence, the logging companies kept copious records of the upstream harvests and the arrivals at rivers’ ends. A lot of timber disappeared.

This would have been the end of the story if there were an endless supply of virgin timber in the world. As it happened, the majority of the easily harvested timber was rapidly exploited. What is left is a hardwood market highly regulated for sustainability. Following the lead of underwater adventurers around the world, crews started exploring and harvesting the river bottoms of Belize. At first Sinker Mahogany was used as a substitute for new Mahogany. It was soon discovered to be an exceptional tonewood. It seems that all those years “curing” at the bottom of crocodile infested rivers changes the structure of the wood to produce amazing voices in acoustic guitars. Furniture makers also prize Sinker Mahogany for the rich colors.

  • Color: Natural
  • Weight: 3lb 13.3oz
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Bracing: Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Sinker Mahogany, "Premium Upgrade" with Style 45 Mosaic Purfling and Sitka Spruce Bracing
  • Neck: Mahogany, Medium Oval with dovetail neck joint.  Martin calls it "Modified Low Oval with High Performance Taper".  Satin finish. Black ebony headplate.
  • Fretboard: Black Ebony
  • Inlay: Style 28, Mother of Pearl
  • Binding: Black Ebony
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dot
  • Frets: Original G-300
  • Fret count: 20
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Nut width: 1.75"
  • Scale: 24.9"
  • String Spacing: 2 5/32"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: .85"
  • Neck thickness at 10th fret: .90"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 1.75mm
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 1.75mm
  • Bridge: Black Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone
  • String gauge: .012-.053
  • Hardware: Original Nickel
  • Tuners: Schaller Nickel GrandTune BB Button
  • Case: OHSC
  • Notes: 

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