Martin Guitars

1934 Martin 000-18 Guitar, Serial Number 56808

Martin made the 14-fret Ochestra Model (OM) guitars from 1929 to the end of 1933. Beginning in 1934 the OM designation was dropped and these guitars reverted to the 000 designation.

However, for a time in 1934 continued to use long scale (25.4") necks on 000-18 guitars. In effect, these can be considered OM guitars. The switch to the 24.9" scale length also coinincided with the change from the ebony neck reinforcement and bar frets to the steel T-bar and T-frets. Of the three hundred and twenty-five 000-18 guitars made in 1934, a total of 275 had the long scale necks (with ebony neck reinforcement and bar frets).

A small amount of steel T-bars were purchased prior to the first production order so a few earlier OM-18 guitars may be encountered with the T-bar.

Serial number 56808 was stamped on June 28, 1934 and cleared final inspection on October 25 that year.

The tuners are Grover G-98 clipped plate tuners with seamed butterbean buttons.

Style 18 features:

Back and sides: Mahogany

Top: Red spruce (Adirondack)

Purfling: Lines

Binding: Black celluloid

Other period features:

Scalloped X-bracing

Ebony fingerboard

Graduated dot fingerboard inlays

Ebony belly bridge

C. F. Martin & Co. stamp on back of headstock

Style stamp

C. F. Martin & Co. decal on headstock

At the time of writing (April 10, 2019) this guitar is available at Schoenberg Guitars (

Photos courtesy of Schoenberg Guitars.

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