This 1952 Martin 0-15 Mahogany Acoustic Guitar comes to us from our friend Val McCallum - noted L.A. Session Guitarist and currently touring with legendary songwriter Jackson Browne. This small-bodied all-mahogany guitar has a surprisingly loud and rich voice, and sounds great finger or flat-picked. A total of 550 of these little mahogany marvels were shipped from Nazareth in 1952; this one has seen some use but still sings with a rich and surprisingly complex voice. Comes with a vintage case - not the OHSC but a an old Gibson Case as shown in the photos.
While the 0-15 is a study in careful economy it is still built to the expected Martin factory standard of quality. The all-mahogany construction was a budget feature; the spruce top was omitted to lower the cost. The natural lacquer finish was specified as less polished out than the earlier 0-17, but structurally the guitars are the same. Decorative appointments are reduced to the minimum: there is no ornament besides a W/B/W sound hole ring, tortoise celluloid pickguard, and gold Martin logo decal. The tuners are the openback plastic-button Klisons specific to this period.