1946 Martin D-18. SN 97836. Guitar Database.

Martin | D-18 | 1946 | SN:97836

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Name: Martin
Location: Nazereth, PA

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  • Model: D-18
  • Year: 1946
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Serial Number: 97836
  • 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



The owner says “1946 Martin D-18 dreadnaught. This guitar has it’s share of wear for it’s age, but it is no junker by any means. It is in perfect playing condition. It needs nothing. There are two repaired cracks on the top….one on the upper right shoulder and one on the lower bout center from bridge to tail…new bridge & bridge plate and the braces have been scalloped…the action has been set up for bluegrass (medium gauge)…all the following issues were addressed by master luthier and Martin expert Frank Finocchio. The sound of this guitar is nothing short of exquisite and it is feather-lite. I have made every effort to photograph every angle to show scratches and wear. Guitar has been polished and flash reflection makes it look like it has been refinished but it has not. Case has wear but it is sound. (not original).

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References: Martin Guitars, a History by Mike Longworth.

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