Martin | D-18 | 1954 | SN:138310
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- Model: D-18
- Year: 1945
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Serial Number: 138310
- 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 1954 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:”Here is a well- played old road warrior with a few issues. Comes with a wide grain spruce top and mahogany back and sides. #138310, No cracks noted to the top, and original finish. The pickguard is not original, but th original is with the guitar. The sides acount for a few repaired side cracks of considerable length. not all that pretty repairs, but it seems solid.
Sides back and neck show some overspray. tuners are old sixties grovers, and a Strap button added at the heel. There is some minimal fingerboard pitting and the frets were changed at one time. The back seems to have no cracks altough there is a fine line indicating a superficial finish crack (not in the wood) Bridge, headplate and fingerboard are all original brazilian rosewood. “
References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.
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