Serial number 57921 was stamped on October 8, 1934 and cleared final inspection on Jun 26, 1935 (a long time in production for the period) There must have been a fall-off in demand for the 000-18 around that time. At least eleven of twenty-five guitars in this batch had dark tops.
It was shipped to C. J. Magin Music Store in Belleville IL on November 11, 1935.
This is one of the earlier short-scale 1934 000-18 guitars made with the steel T-bar and T-frets.
The original tuners were probably Grover G-98 clipped plate machines with unseamed butterbean buttons. Currently the guitars has Grover G-98 pointed plate machines.
Style 18 features:
Back and sides: Mahogany
Top: Red spruce (Adirondack)
Binding: Tortoiseshell celluloid
Back Stripe: None
Other period features:
Scalloped advanced X-bracing
Ebony belly bridge
Steel T-bar neck reinforcement
1-3/4" neck width at nut
Tortoiseshell celluloid pick guard
Dot fingerboard inlays
Decal on front of headstock
C. F. Martin stamp on back of headstock
Photos courtesy of Jet City Guitars, LLC