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1957 Martin D-18

A sixty year old Martin D-18 with great tone and looks, excellent playability, and not much in the way of strikes against. The guitar has had a cleanly-done neck reset and refret, and is factory stock but for a new set of Antique Acoustic bridge pins and a new bone saddle.

With its classic dry and woody warmth, well-balanced strings, and ample headroom, this D-18 is a perfect flat-picker or rhythm keeper. It feels great in the hand as well, and plays cleanly with its medium strings and low set-up.

Straight-braced Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, tortoise-celluloid bindings and pickguard with end-grained ivoroid top purflings (a 1950’s thing that looks so great). Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, original nut and Kluson tuners.

There is a short crack in the guitar’s back that has been repaired, and an unrepaired ‘b-string’ pickguard crack that we’re not concerned by. The bridge was reglued in the guitar’s past, and there is minor finish damage around it. No other repairs.

Original bridge plate is in excellent shape, full height bridge, original finish throughout with areas of light playwear. 1-11/16” nut, standard 50’s neck feel, 2-1/8” string spread at the bridge.

With original 1950’s hardshell case.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do. We take care of everything – all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play! Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.


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