1980’s Martin Employee D-18. SN:809-37. Guitar Database.

Martin | D-18 Employee | 1980’s | SN:809-37

1980's Martin Employee D-18 guitar. SN:809-37. Guitar Database.

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  • Model: D-18
  • Year: 1980s
  • Top:  Sitka Spruce
  • Serial Number: 809-37
  • 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

1980's Martin Employee D-18 guitar. SN:809-37. Guitar Database.


1980's Martin Employee D-18 guitar. SN:809-37. Guitar Database.

This is an employee model D-18 made from parts at the Martin plant. The prior owner had this to say:”This is a a Martin D-18 guitar made by an employee. I’ve had it for over 15 years. It was given to me by my uncle who worked for the Martin factory in Nazareth, PA. He told me he got it from a long time employee of Martin who made it himself at the factory from parts he had from several types of martins. It has two serial numbers on it as shown on the pictures. I’m not sure if one is an employee number or not. It is hard to determine when it was made. It only has a few light scratches. Was rarely played. Stayed in the case. The 1970’s case does come with it. Plays loud and has great tone.”

1980's Martin Employee D-18 guitar. SN:809-37. Guitar Database.

1980's Martin Employee D-18 guitar. SN:809-37. Guitar Database.

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