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1954 Martin D-18

Serial # 140438. This '50's D-18 is one for the player for whom tone is the ultimate goal. With clarity, note definition, power, huge headroom and volume, amazing balance, strong bass AND bold trebles, this D-18 isn't lacking in any way. It's a flatpicker's delight when strung with a set of mediums.

The guitar shows playwear, dings, scratches and dents as would be typical of a 60 year old guitar, but it structurally excellent, with no repairs other than a single 4" back crack, neck reset, refret, and new saddle. No top cracks, no side cracks, no reglued braces and original finish throughout. Original tuners, nut, bridge and original bridge plate. Two small filled screw holes in the headstock face, added strap button.

Frets appear quite new, setup is 5-6 64ths at the 12th fret with 1/8" of saddle and a full height bridge. Classic 50's neck carve with compact feel in the first position and fuller feel higher up. 1-11/16" nut, 2-1/8" string spread at the bridge.

Mahogany back and sides, taper-braced Sitka spruce top, tortoise-shell bindings with end-grain ivoroid purfling. Kluson tuning machines, replacement black bridge pins and endpin.

With modern deluxe 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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