Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars
Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627 - Artisan Guitars

Vintage 1930 Martin 0 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany ID-6627

Vintage 1930 Martin O 18t Tenor with Adirondack and Mahogany

Tenor guitars were manufactured continuously by both Gibson and Martin from the 1920s until the 1970s. The earliest origins of the tenor guitar are not yet fully clear but it now seems very unlikely that a true four-stringed guitar-shaped tenor guitar appeared before the late 1920s. Gibson built the tenor lute TL-4 in 1924, which had a lute-like pear-shaped body, four strings and a tenor banjo neck. It is possible that similar instruments were made by other makers such as Lyon and Healy and banjo makers, such as Bacon. In the same period, banjo makers, such as Paramount, built transitional round banjo-like wood-bodied instruments with four strings and tenor banjo necks called tenor harps. From 1927 onwards, the very first true wood-bodied acoustic tenor guitars appeared as production instruments made by both Gibson and Martin. The Martin O-18T flat top acoustic tenor guitar was played in the late 1950s by Nick Reynolds of The Kingston Trio. The acoustic tenor guitar became a popular instrument in the folk music boom of this period, particularly this model. In 1997, as a tribute to the Kingston Trio, Martin re-issued 34 limited edition 40th-anniversary commemorative sets (40 sets had been planned, but only 34 orders were received and executed) of the three main instruments used by the Kingston Trio to celebrate their founding in 1957. The commemorative set included a custom Martin Kingston Trio KT-18T tenor guitar with "The Kingston Trio" and “1957–1997” engraved on the fingerboard in mother-of-pearl and its label was signed by C. F. Martin IV, the CEO of Martin Guitars and 4 of the surviving members of the Kingston Trio.

Tenor guitars can be very difficult to locate since they were mostly manufactured in the United States. Up until relatively recently they were usually regarded as musical oddities with little value but now they are becoming very attractive to both players and collectors and this 1930 Martin O-18T certainly fits the collectors market.

This instrument features an Adirondack top with Mahogany back and sides. Vintage appointments include an ebony fretboard, Rosewood peghead overlay, old style rossette and banjo style tuners. It sounds fantastic as well as fits and plays perfectly. A true treasure, this guitar will be a wonderful addition to any collection.

This guitar has obvious wear as expected from a 1930's instrument. The detailed photos below capture most of the instruments finish checking, scratches, dents and dings. It has no fretwear and includes a Collings TKL hardshell case.

Specifications:

  • Serial: 45179
  • Top Wood: Adirondack
  • Back Wood: Mahogany
  • Nut Width: 1 1/4"
  • Scale: 23"
  • Year: 1930
  • Inlays: 4mm, 3mm, 2mm
  • Rosette: Old Style 18
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Nut Material: Ebony
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Banjo Style
  • Purfling: W/B/W/B
  • Body Binding: Rosewood
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Headstock Shape: Solid
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
  • Frets To Body: 14
  • Neck Profile: Standard Tenor
  • Case: Collings TKL Case
  • Misc. 1: Setup High E: 2/32"
  • Misc. 2: Setup Low E: 2.5/32"
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