1954 Martin D-18. SN 138310. Guitar Database.

Martin | D-18 | 1954 | SN:138310

Vintage 1945 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 138310. Guitar Database.

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Vintage 1945 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 138310. Guitar Database.

  • 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

Vintage 1945 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 138310. Guitar Database.

Vintage 1945 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 138310. Guitar Database.

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. “

Vintage 1945 Martin D-18 guitar. SN 138310. Guitar Database.

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References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.

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