If you like that characteristic mahogany Dreadnought tone, but with more bass than a typical 14-fret version, this D-18S is worth checking out. The long original-Dreadnought body shape, with the lower bridge placement thanks to the 12-fret neck, means you get a big open tone but still with the treble sparkle you hope with mahogany. This example is remarkably original for a 45 year-old D-18 that's been played a fair amount, but the decidedly inferior Grover Thinline tuners have been replaced with side-mount Waverlys (which are very similar to the tuners Martin used on its original early 1930s 12-fret D models). The original black acetate pickguard curled up and was replaced with the correct Martin 'guard a few years ago, and the nut was replaced with bone. Original finish throughout and the original rosewood bridge. Fingerboard has some wear so we're assuming it's been refretted as there is very little wear to these frets. The finish isn't perfect, there are nicks and dings from use but no cracks. Note the wear to the neck finish on either side of the fingerboard (photos 13 and 5), and there's a ding to the edge of the fingerboard just above the 6th fret that shows as a shiny spot in photo 6. Interior of the body shows no repairs but a very small rosewood piece was added to keep the string balls from pulling up through the plate itself. Original blue case, extra saddle and what are probably the original bridge pins which are suffering from many many string changes.

stock no. 56899

ModelD-18S
TopSitka spruce
Back and sidesmahogany
Frets to body12
Nut width1 7/8"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge materialIndian rosewood
Fretboard MaterialIndian rosewood
Neck materialmahogany
BracingX pattern
Electronicsnone
Neck profileC/D
Total frets20
TunersWaverly
Finishlacquer
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No351519
BindingBlack Boltaron