A one-owner D-18 from more than 55 years ago, and one that's seen a lot of playing time but no abuse or neglect. Original finish throughout, and original tuners and pickguard as well. The only cracks are to the lower side, repaired decades ago at the legendary Lundberg's Fretted Instruments in Berkeley. A neck reset and refret was done at Gryphon almost twenty years ago, and a Brazilian rosewood bridge that's a facsimile of the original was done at the same time (since the original bridge had been cut down to lower string action before the neck was reset). All internal bracing is original, including the bridge plate, with no sign of repairs.
Although it's from the early '60s, there's little difference between a D-18 like this and examples from the late '50s. For one thing this was made a year before Martin moved from their old multi-story North Street Factory to the sprawling new Sycamore Street building. With its Kluson tuners and thin lacquer finish, this has that light-weight Old Factory vibe and sound. Comes with the original hang tag (see photo 15, the small tag in the center). The hardshell case is a Lifton, and while this D-18 wasn't purchased with a hardshell case when new, the owner bought this case barely five years later and the case was already used. Since Martin used a lot of Lifton cases in the early 1960s, this one is certainly close enough!
Great sound, with the bright trebles and mid-range crunch these D-18s are known for. Of course there's plenty of bass, too, and it's very playable. Current string action is slightly higher that typical factory standard, but we left it that way as many pickers drive these Dreadnought fairly hard. There's lots of saddle above the bridge, lowering the string action will be easy -and-free- should you it.
stock no. 57447
|Back and sides||Mahogany|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 11/16"|
|Neck profile||xlight V|
|Tuners||Orig. Kluson Deluxe|