1948 Martin D-18. SN 106606. Guitar Database.

Martin | D-18 | 1948 | SN:106606

vintage 1948 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 106606. Guitar Database.

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Location: Nazereth, PA

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vintage 1948 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 106606. Guitar Database.

  • Model: D-18
  • Year: 1948
  • Top:  Sitka Spruce
  • Serial Number: 106606
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16″
  • String Spacing: 2 1/8″
  • 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″
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Rosette: Ring
  • Backstrip: None
  • Purfling: Line

vintage 1948 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 106606. Guitar Database.


This is a 1948 D18 which conforms to the usual specs with the Spruce/Mahogany tonewood combination, mahogany neck. These instruments can be exceptionally powerful and articulate!

The dealer selling this guitar had this to say:”This guitar is in very good overall condition with no problems or major flaws and sounds absolutely incredible. Its serial number is #106606 and it comes with a hardshell case (not original), k-bar, extra strings and a few picks (see pictures).

More importantly, it also comes with a letter dated 1992 and addressed to the original owner from The Martin Guitar Company which certifies that the guitar is authentic and dates it to the year 1948. The letter is on Martin letterhead and we will provide a copy of it along with the guitar to the buyer.

This beautiful guitar was purchased new in Memphis, Tennessee and has only one owner who at one time played in Chet Atkins’ band. The top of the guitar is spruce and the back, sides and neck are mahogany.

There is some wear which is to be expected of a guitar this age and we included pictures of any wear that we saw. The top has what we would call “crazing” and the back has two obvious scratches (see pictures). As mentioned, it has a very good, solid sound which is to be expected of a classic Martin of this age and craftsmanship. “

vintage 1948 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 106606. Guitar Database.

Resources: See more 40’s Dreadnoughts:
1943 D-28 Adirondack Spruce | Brazilian rosewood [SN:85772]
1944 D-18 Adirondack Spruce | Mahogany [SN:87213]
1947 D-28 Adirondack Spruce | Brazilian rosewood [SN:99978]
1947 D-28 Adirondack Spruce | Brazilian rosewood [SN:100943]
1949 D-28 Sitka Spruce | Brazilian rosewood [SN:112858]

vintage 1948 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 106606. Guitar Database.

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References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.

Pictures kind courtesy of Snappy Auctions of Columbus Georgia.©

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