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The 1970 Martin 016-NY. Absolutely lovely guitar. Sitka Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, Mahogany neck with Brazilian rosewood fret board. It is in phenomenal condition for a thirty-year-old Martin. There is fine checking in the finish lacquer running lengthwise and a slght ding on the lower bout. The fret board is 1 7/8" at the nut, and 2 5/16” at the twelfth fret, where the neck joins the body. Hard shell case included.
“An instrument with a wide open voice, lots of harmonic overtones and good volume. Slotted headstock and rectangular bridge add to the vintage vibe of this instrument.”
It was designed for finger picking and it was designed to have the appearance of a pre-war 1898 Martin, which incidentally were built in New York. The body has a satin finish with no pick guard. The top is solid Sitka spruce.
The back and sides are solid mahogany. The bridge is a straight piece of rosewood. The mahogany neck bore a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and had very small side markers, but none on the front of the fingerboard.
Style 18 rosette with one large ring enclosed in two small rings around the sound hole. The perimeter of the top is bound with tortoise shell binding material. There is no binding on the back or binding material separating the book matched back. The mahogany neck is wider than a size D Martin. The nut is 1 7/8th and nearly as wide as a classic guitar. Its scale is 24.9".
The headstock was slotted and the overlay was Brazilian rosewood. The top of the body is braced very lightly with an X bracing and only one tone bar.
These guitars were advertised as being able to handle steel or nylon strings. Most owners string them with a very light gauge steel string.
There was a reason Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull recorded and toured with this guitar for so long…It becomes part of you. Merry Christmas!
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S&H $ 45.00 USD
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