Martin 000-18 Orchestra

  • Estimate $8,75000

Bidding closed May 27, 2021.


A 78-year-old instrument with a special story, this Martin 000-18 needs a new home. It was first owned by guitarist Leonardo Monzo, who emigrated at age 18 from Spain, via Cuba, to Monterey, California. He was a regular performer along Cannery Row, made famous in the novel by John Steinbeck. Monzo’s wife worked in the canneries and gave her husband this new Martin in 1943.

After Leonardo Monzo’s passing, his daughter asked her physician, Alexander Holmes, an amateur guitarist, whether he would be interested in seeing the instrument. He was startled to open the unprepossessing cardboard case and find this all-original vintage Martin, complete with a blow-horn pitch pipe and an Anacin tin containing Monzo’s hard-shaped abalone guitar picks. Dr. Holmes purchased the instrument after an appraisal by Dexter Johnson of Carmel Music and has maintained its excellent condition.

Product Specs
Brand Martin
Model 000-18
Condition Excellent
Year 1943
Original owner? No
Body Style
Orchestra
Back and sides
Mahogany 
Top
Spruce
Serial Number 84063

Dix Bruce performs "Railroad Bill" on this 1943 Martin 000-18:


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