Although made in 1976, this D-18S is very close to the original Martin Dreadnoughts made for Ditson 60 years earlier (same body shape and same materials). We've always been big fans of Martin's 12-fret dreadnoughts here at Gryphon and this D-18S has developed a nice patina over the decades. There is some finish checking on the top (see photos 31, 32 and 33) and a few minor nicks and dings here and there but there are no cracks anywhere. The guitar has had a recent neck reset and it was refretted, most likely at the same time. We didn't do the job here but the work was very well done. The bridge has been replaced with an excellent replica that places the saddle in a slightly better position to help improve the intonation.
This D-18S has its original Grover Thinline tuning machines, also known as Grover "Boxcars," and it has its original black plastic case. This guitar has a warm, resonant tone with a strong bass and midrange response. Because of the recent refret and neck reset, it has the playability of a new guitar. This D-18S has a wide, 1 7/8" nut, which lends itself to fingerpicking, but it is well shaped and works quite well for flatpicking, too, as long as you don't need to venture very far above the 12th fret.