Vintage 00-size 12-fret in X-braced solid mahogany/mahogany with 1 3/4” nut, generous string spacing, fine playability and robust hog tone


I found this unbranded 12-fret flattop with no redeeming qualities other than potential if given the chance. I liked the shape/proportions and had an old Martin mahogany top laying around that I thought would be a good match for the body. When all was said and done, I’m happy to report that we definitely have increased her qualities beyond “potential". This guitar has great looks and playability, qualities which have no ill bearing on its Martin-infused warm, mahogany tone.

SPECS: 00-size body, 12-fret neck with paddle headstock, X-braced solid mahogany top in natural finish, mahogany sides and back in original finish, cream binding on top and back, poplar neck with adjustable truss rod, vintage Grover tuning machines, average “D” neck profile, radius’d ebony fretboard with new frets, new rosewood bridge, MOP inlays, bone nut/saddle/pins. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 3/8”, Scale length: 24.9”, Upper bout: 10 5/8”, Lower Bout: 13 3/4”, Body length: 18 5/8”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 37 3/4”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 13/16“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 3/32”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom lights in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition adding hog top with upgraded bracing to accommodate modern steel strings to found rim. Prior repairs at base of top binding. Other work included neckset with added truss rod, ebony fretboard and rosewood bridge, setup. Please note that vintage, repurposed materials will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises. Any new features added during the rebuild were made to fit in with the old.

SOUND: Warm mahogany tone with above average projection and sustain. Fingerstyle or strummed, intonation rings clear up the neck for the player with an average attack. Click the soundclip link and have a listen. Action can be adjusted higher to suit your playing style.

PRICE: $799

Link to video soundclip here.



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