This super light Martin 00-17 Authentic 1931 short-scale, 12-fret 00 generates clearly defined woody notes and creates a soundscape far greater than its physical dimensions should allow.
The Martin 00-17 Authentic 1931 is a modern recreation of a Depression Era Martin guitar that was built in their 12-fret 00 body size, with Style 17 materials and appointments, exclusively for their Authentic Series of guitars made more like pre-war Martins than anything they’ve produced before, and is a close copy of one particular 00-17 from 1931. The Martin 00 size was also called the Grand Concert, because it was deemed large enough for acoustic performances in the concert halls of the 1800s. Frank Henry Martin, who ran the Company from 1888 until after World War Two, felt the 12-fret 00 was the perfect guitar design in terms of the balance between bass, mids, and treble. The size was first made in Style 17 in 1930.
She has a marvelously large, full voice, due in part to the construction techniques used to create the Authentic Series instruments. The 00-size combined with the 1.42 kg / 3.13 lbs dry weight she is easy to handle. Also, her tonal response gains from lightweight Honduran Mahogany. She has the tonality unique to guitars made with a Mahogany soundboard, with its woody bass and delicate, pretty trebles that have a straightforward sustain. There is a unique velvety mellowness at the center of the voice, compared to the pinging ringing brightness of spruce-topped guitars. This Mahogany top that has been treated to Martin’s Vintage Tone System of wood aging. That process has done marvels in opening up her voice and reproducing that classic vintage tone. She is in very good condition with only some really minor dings and playing marks. Fretwork is very good with only some wear on the lower frets. Case is 100%. Listen to a sound impression here:
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