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1941 Martin D-18

Serial # 78581. An exceptionally fine-sounding, crack-free D-18 built a couple of months before the US entered WWII. We've been fortunate to have played and sold our fair share of Pre-War and Wartime Martin D-18s over the years, and can easily put this particular example on the highest pedestal among the best we've encountered. Its tone is earth-shattering, with a massive rumble in the low register, amazing focus through the mids and trebles, and a whole lot of volume. What's extra special about this D-18 is its pallet of lush overtones - something we usually don't hear in a louder guitar that has a strong fundamental presence.

The D-18 is in very fine condition and has only one tiny side crack (1" long). No top or back cracks of any kind, no pickguard cracks. Original bridgeplate and bracing are intact and show no evidence of any repair, and the finish is 100% original. Recent neck reset, refret, and replacement bridge. We've reinstalled the guitar's original Kluson tuners, but would encourage the buyer to reinstall the Grover G-98s that were previously fitted, as the original tuner buttons seem to be soon to crumble.

Original nut, new bone saddle, and Henkes and Blazer pins. Wax filled-strap-button hole near the endpin, filled screw-holes in the top underneath the bridge wings (original bridge must have been screwed down, holes do not go through the guitar's braces). There is finish damage around the bridge, and moderately worn finish on the body. Pickguard shows some damage from a sticker that was long ago removed. New saddle and set-up by our shop; the guitar plays beautifully with medium-gauge strings and a compact 1st position neck feel. Action currently set at 5-7 64ths. 1-11/16" nutwidth, steel t-bar neck reinforcement, full-height unworn frets. Mahogany back and sides, scalloped-braced red spruce top, tortoise-celluloid bindings and pickguard, ebony fingerboard and bridge, rosewood headstock overlay.

With newer hardshell case

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

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