Martin | D-18 | 1939 | SN:72813
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- Model: D-18
- Serial no: 72813
- Year: 1939
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Back & Sides: Honduran Mahogany
- Top Trim: Line Purfling
- Rosette: Line Purfling
- Finish: Nitrocellulose
- Neck: 1 piece mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Nut width: 1 5/8″
- String Spacing: 2 1/4″
- Scale 25.4″
- Body Length: 19 7/8″
- Lower Bout: 15 5/8″
- Upper Bout 11 3/8″
- Body Depth: 3 3/4- 4 3/4
This is a 1939 D-18 from the Martin guitar company. The company has really built it’s reputation on this model and some 70 years after this particular guitar was built, the D18 is still one of Martin’s most popular models.
The owner had this to say:”This guitar sings like no other guitar I have ever heard. It has the volume and very balanced tone that a seventy year old guitar should have.
The tuning keys are all original and work great and keep perfect tuning. The brazilian rosewood veneer on the front of the headstock has fantastic figuring there is a slight crack just in the veneer from the g string tuner to the top edge. This is not major and looks like a scratch.
The CF MARTIN logo is all original and has had no work or repairs of any kind. The headstock,neck and fingerboard are all original also and are in great shape.The frets are very nice and are also in good shape.The top of the guitar has had no repairs and has no cracks.
Anything you see in the pictures that may look like a crack is pick and play wear.There are no repairs or cracks in the sides also, just beautiful mahogany. The back has had no repairs it seems to have 2 small cracks that do not move and they are not deep. They do not need any repair or attention because they are very small and do not effect the structure of the wood. The back does have some play wear but still has lots of finish and still loks great.
In 1997 the guitar was taken to an Authorized CF MARTIN repair facility and had a neck reset and a bridge replacement because the original bridge was cracked. I have the documentation for that also. This guitar has had no paint work or touch ups of any kind. There is no overspray or damage repair anywhere on the neck and or body.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
Pictures kind courtesy of Randy Mullins.
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