Martin | D-18 | 1949 | SN:108487
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- 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
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! “
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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