NO RESERVE. Martin started offering shaded (or sunburst) tops as a custom option sometime during the late 1920s. The shaded top was soon offered as a standard option starting in 1932 on a handful of Martin models, including the 0-17, 0-18, and OM-18. The 0-18 was also one of the first standard models that Martin updated to have the same newly designed features introduced on the OM models, including a 14-fret neck, pickguard, and solid peghead. By the mid ’30s, the number of guitars with shaded tops produced by Martin decreased rather dramatically.
Early ’30s Martin shaded tops truly look shaded, but around the mid ’30s they began to look more like a sunburst finish, as seen on this 1937 0-18. Martin 0-18 guitars from the late ’30s with shaded tops are quite rare.
Serial number: 65653
Top: Spruce, sunburst finish
Back and sides: Mahogany
Bridge: Ebony belly pin
Tuners: Grover G-98 open gear with metal buttons