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Old 02-28-2021, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by TJNies View Post
I think you can still find a decent deal for a wartime Martin 00-18. I just bought a 1944 00-18 myself. It's an amazing guitar. Original except for the tuners (which were included) and frets.
While I agree you could find a small luthier to build a great 00, if you want that vintage sound, nothing other than vintage is going to provide satisfaction.

What's your max budget? Depending on how original you need, prices can range from very reasonable to fairly dear.
If vintage, I'd like in good condition (in terms of current fret & fingerboard wear) & not horribly reliced. Certainly doesn't need to be pristine or completely original. In fact, not concerned if patched, bridge replaced, changed tuners. I'd be interested if you PMed what you paid for your '44 & its condition.

If new custom, maybe I can't afford that. Because then I probably want wood bindings & harder frets, truss rod, perhaps a different neck profile.

Was hoping to spend less than $8k. I suppose that may mean a beatup, less than original vintage Martin. Seems that better condition ones are around $10k?

This one's on Reverb, a 1943 @$11k
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