MARTIN 000C-16

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  • acoustic guitars

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1990 to 1995

MARTIN made the 000C-16 between 1990 and 1995. It was the single rounded cutaway, oval soundhole version of the 000-16. The similar named Martin  000C-16T has a round soundhole - not oval as on this model. This oval soundhole means that there is extra room for frets and the 000C-16 has 22 of them. This was a great sounding and playing guitar but the non-traditional look of the 000C-16 did not appeal to most Martin enthusiasts and relatively few were produced. This model was discontinued in 1995 when Martin changed the construction of the 16 series using new technology mortice and tenon neck joints - unlike the dovetail joint used on the 000C-16.

Specifications (13)

General

Bindingtortoiseshell binding
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings

Body

Body back materialmahogany body back
Body shape featuressingle cutaway
Body sides materialmahogany body sides
Body stylegrand auditorium style
Body top materialsitka spruce body top
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Soundholeoval soundhole

Hardware

Bridgerosewood bridge

Neck

Neck jointDovetail joint
Number of frets22 fret

Prices (4)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1995$830new
1996$900new
1993$950excellent
1992$1399newI bought this guitar new from Rockley Music in Lakewood, CO in 1992. It is a 1991 model. This little guitar has aged very, very nicely. The oval sound hole makes it unique now, since they are very rare. It has a wonderful delicate sound. It is a finger picker's dream. It has an active EMG bridge transducer. I usually run it through a direct box and into the PA. When properly EQ'd it is a dream to listen to.

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