1949 Martin O-15, All Mahogany
This piece is a 1949 Martin O-15 acoustic guitar. The top, back and sides, and neck are all mahogany and the fretboard is rosewood. The mahogany body gives a very warm and round tone, almost drum-like. The sound is open, but not for large, with a well-aged timbre. The guitar plays very well in the first few positions, but the condition of the neck hinders player any higher than fifth position. The saddle is as low as it can go, and the action is still high, meaning this guitar would need a reset to be 100% playable. Very faintly written on the pickguard reads, "I LOVE SAllEE". It was etched in decades ago and an attempt to buff out was made. It has also had its original tuners replaced with some later-made open backs branded by Martin. Aside from that, it is a great example of a historic piece from a tough time in The States (though things were better when this one was made!). A must have for Martin collectors! Ships in a hardshell case.
A Brief History from our Tech Writer
The Martin O-15 was developed in response to the toils of The Great Depression, when sales had slumped and people were looking for a more affordable guitar. The O-15’s stripped down aesthetic and all mahogany construction fit the bill, and the guitar could be purchased in 1940 for $25. What a steal! The model went in and out of production during WWII until its lasting run from 1948 to 1961, when it was discontinued.
Weight: 3 lbs. 5 oz.
Nut Width: 1 ⅝”
5/10 (Fair Condition) 1949 Made in the USA
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