Martin | D-18 | 1939 | SN:7287X | Private
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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
- 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. This one is in original condition although it does suffer from the usual problems of cracks on the top.
The owner had this to say:”This guitar is all original except the bridge has been replaced. The pickguard is original to this guitar and is in fine condition, the tuners are original and are in perfect working order, and all of the bracings, ribs etc are all original as well. There are a few hariline cracks in the back that have been solidly repaired and a few top cracks that have been expertly repaired as well. The Martin decal is all original and looks very nice for it’s age.”
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
Pictures kind courtesy of Randy Mullins.
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