Probably the cleanest and most original mid-'60s D-18 we've had in a very long while, and one that's right on the cusp of changes that define late '60s examples and of course the D-18 models that followed in the 1970s. This has the faux tortoiseshell celluloid binding and pickguard, for instance, and the same small maple bridgeplate that Martin had been using for decades. Another old-school feature that you cannot see is that the neck is reinforced with the T neck rod (which would disappear the following year when Martin began using square steel tubing instead). Except for the professional neck reset and refret, and a new bone nut (plus a strap button), this D-18 is original throughout, including the tuners, pickguard and Brazilian rosewood bridge. No cracks to the mahogany back, sides, and neck, and the only cracks to the top are insignificant: a tight hairline under the high E string from pickguard shrinkage, and a short compression fracture on the very edge of the bass side lower bout (the dark line you see on the far left in photo $8). This D-18 has been played and saw plenty of use years ago, note the finish wear to the back from shirt buttons, jean rivets, etc. and the pick/finger wear to the top around the edge of the soundhole and below the pickguard. Light crazing to the lacquer on the top. This has easy string action and all the volume and sparkle that has made D-18 models from this era so desirable. Original Victoria hardshell case with blue lining is included.

stock no. 58304

ModelD-18
TopSpruce
Back and sidesMahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge materialRosewood
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialMahogany
Bracingtapered X
Electronicsnone
Total frets20
Tunersorig. Grover Rotomatics
Finishlacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No211508
Bindingfaux tortoiseshell