1949 Martin D-18. SN 108487. Guitar Database.

Martin | D-18 | 1949 | SN:108487

Vintage 1949 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 108487. Guitar Database.

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Vintage 1949 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 108487. Guitar Database.


  • Model: D-18
  • Year: 1949
  • Top:  Sitka Spruce
  • Serial Number: 108487
  • 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 1949 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 108487. Guitar Database.


Vintage 1949 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 108487. Guitar Database.

This is a 1949 D18 which conforms to the usual specs with the Spruce/Mahogany tonewood combination, mahogany neck. These instruments can be exceptionally powerful and articulate!

The prior owner had this to say:”Ser.# 108487 Early 1949 D-18 Martin Guitar.Nice, full sound. Bigger sounding than most D-18’s, but still not as boomy as most 28’s. Shows pickwear around bridge, neck and soundhole areas. Neck has been professionally reset. One crack along edge of pickguard and 2 on back have been professionally repaired.

Most of the finish is worn off of back of neck from normal playing. Finish is original and has been professionally touched-up and buffed out to a nice shine. Frets have been dressed and have plenty of life left in them. Sounds and plays like it should! “

Vintage 1949 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 108487. 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]

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References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.

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