Production begun Aug 15 1946. Ebony neck rod, and one of the last batches of D-18 models to get an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Original finish throughout except for touch-up to damaged lower side and upper bout of bass side (more on that later). Neck was reset and refretted at Gryphon over 20 years ago, and at that time a new appropriate-style bridge was made to replace the original. This D-18 had gold Schaller tuners which Gryphon replaced with "relic" finish Waverly gears (you can see 6 small filled holes next to the back plates from the offset screws commonly found on Schallers).
There's a repaired & cleated 7 1/2 inch crack to top, below the treble-side bridge tip (see photo 8). There's a 5 inch crack to the upper back, not far from the center line on the treble side (see photo 9) plus four cracks to treble side lower bout (see photo 10) that probably happened when the adjacent side was damaged. The bass side (upper bout) has cracks shown in photos 3 & 11. The lower bout of the treble side is where the real damage occured, including a replaced section of mahogany next to the tail block that's 4 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches plus a repaired section above it (see photos 5, 6, & 12). All of these cracks have been repaired and the guitar body is solid as a result. It's easy to be critical of the cosmetics of the repairs to the mahogany but this D-18 was in the same family for two generations and when the damage occured these old D-18 models weren't worth much so the time-consuming and detailed restorations we would do today just didn't happen.
The good news is that the top and neck of this D-18 are remarkably good, with no changes to the interior bracing or bridge plate. As a result it sounds and plays great, with all the snap and crackle amidst a big warm overall tone that has made these mid-1940s D-18 models legendary among flatpickers.
stock no. 56309
|Back and sides||Mahogany|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 11/16"|
|Bracing||tapered X pattern|
|Binding||faux tortoise shell celluloid|