Low action, modern neck width and feel. Big personality and tone in a small, comfortable body size. Rich, and distinctive woody/slightly nasal (in a good way!) mahogany voice. Sounds equally good for picking or fingerstyle. Recent neck set though not by us. Tall bridge saddle can be adjusted down if desired and means there is no neck reset in this guitar's future for a good many years to come. All original but for the saddle and tuning buttons on one side of the original war-era riveted tuners. No top or side cracks. There were back cracks that we mended and visually minimized with judicious color and lacquer touchup.
Martin stopped scalloping the X braces in 1945. From that time until about 1949, the X braces were "tapered". Braces were tapered less and less each year and by 1950 were not tapered at all. Non tapered (straight) braces were standard on all Martin guitars for the next 30 years or so. The scalloped guitars are usually described as more responsive and generally have stronger bass, while the straight-braced guitars are more punchy and bright. Tapered-braced guitars could be said to have the best of both worlds. Play it and decide!
Possibly original chipboard case.