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1967 Martin D-18

Serial # 218341. One of the most recognizable guitars in popular music, the D-18 has been a favorite of many a player ever since its introduction in 1931. And while tuners and trim have changed over the years, the combination of mahogany and spruce in a dreadnought body has remained a timeless classic.

This 18 from 1967 comes from an era that saw some changes made to the model. Tortoise guards were discontinued in 1966 and this guitar sports its original black pickguard. Bridgeplates became larger in the late 1960's, but this instrument still has the small maple bridge plate of the earlier D's, with the tone that attests to it. The guitar offers a well-balanced blend of dreadnought bass, woody mids and percussive trebles and a voice that has opened up nicely over time.

Excellent neck angle, full-height original bridge, 3/32" of saddle height above the bridge, and an action of 5-7 64ths at the 12th fret. Frets are not very worn, and the guitar plays very nicely. There are repaired top cracks on the bass side of the top, a pair of them quite long. The back is crack-free, and there are two repaired cracks on the guitar's sides. Reglued top braces inside, with noticeable glue smear on the underside of the top in those areas. The guitar's finish is original throughout, but there is touchup in front of the bridge.

Mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, Brazilian rosewood bridge with drop in saddle, rosewood fingerboard and headstock overlay, black pickguard and binding, Grover 'patent applied for' tuners, 1-11/16" nut and 25.4" scale.

This one is an excellent 'Player' guitar, with repairs that help keep the pricetag on the low-side for a small-plate 60's Martin D-18.

With 1970's Martin Thermoplastic hardshell case

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