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    Sale 2033

    Fine Musical Instruments

    10 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 11

    THE WOODY GUTHRIE, STYLE 000-18WG

    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY

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    THE WOODY GUTHRIE, STYLE 000-18WG
    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY
    A guitar, Nazareth, PA., 1999, the headstock bearing the logo C.F. Martin & Co. EST. 1833, the fingerboard inlaid Woody Guthrie, labeled C.F. Martin & Co. 000-18WG Woody Guthrie Commemorative Edition Arlo Guthrie Nora Guthrie Harold Levinthal C.F. Martin IV, and Limited Edition PROTO #2 "This world is your world. Take it easy, but take it", bearing the serial number 691293, length of back 19 3/8 in (493 mm) with case (2)


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    It is no wonder that America's traveling songster Woody Guthrie is associated with the mahogany topped style 15s and 17s made by Martin. Their affordability made them the perfect choice for the workingman's guitar starting in 1922. Their ability to withstand the hard working, rough and tumble lifestyle Guthrie experienced made it the perfect fit. When deciding to produce the Woody Guthrie Signature Model, Martin's Dick Boak along with Arlo Guthrie and sister Nora decided the spruce topped style OOO-18 would serve as a more fitting tribute. Issued in 1999, a limited edition of 140 of these guitars were produced.

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