1947 Martin D-18 Steel String Acoustic Guitar Used
This D-18 has that to-die-for post WWII Martin Dreadnought tone that gives flat pickers the shivers. Volume? Well of course, but it's that elusive clarity, balance and mid-range "crunch" that sets this one apart. Original tuners, original pickguard, no signs of any overspray or finish work. Has had a recent, and excellent, refret. Sometimes we get an older guitar that sounds and plays so great we decide that it's best to leave it alone and let the next owner decide if anything should be changed. This is one of those guitars, and while the "Western bridge buttons" offend some, there are no nuts on those bolts, they missed the top braces, and we've decided to leave well enough alone.
Both the Brazilian bridge and maple bridge plate are replacements, both have the right dimensions and footprint. There's a 2-inch hairline to the top below the bass-side bridge tip, and a longer top crack below the center of the bridge belly that runs along the top seam and has been neatly cleated. We don't know who did the work or when, but it was over a dozen years ago. No other cracks or repairs, don't fail to note the nice figure in the mahogany neck! Sturdy hardshell case is about the same vintage as the guitar but is for a Gibson shape, the lower bout is rounder and slightly oversized.