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
I have a 34 Shade Top 000-18 if you would like to showcase it let me know and I can send some pictures.
Very close in serial number 575xxx
Please go ahead and send me some photos and I will make an entry for your guitar. If you want credit for the photos just let me know.
I will need the serial number.
Just wondering if your guitar might be for sale? I am looking for one.
I am sorry but this is not a site for selling guitars. I only document guitars whose owners have been kind enough to give me permission to share with everyone. A good place to start your look would be the Vintage Corner sub-thread on the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum (UMGF). If a guitar like the one you are looking for comes on the market it is usually promptly reported on this thread.
Good luck with your hunt.