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1937 Martin D-18




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Selling this wonderful mostly original 1937 Martin D-18, agreed by many to be the one of the best years for the company and for this particular model. This one is nothing short of a dynamic cannon of a guitar, is very responsive to light playing but can also drive a full presence if played with more intent. The finish is entirely original except for the back, which has been refinished at some point in the past. The bridge and plate have been expertly replaced with appropriate period correct materials, ebony and maple. All else is original–tuners, pickguard, bracing, fretboard. It has a lovely clean, even-grained adirondack top, with a couple of well-repaired, stable cracks. A 1937 D-18 is one of the staple prewar Martin guitars, and for some it is considered the flagship guitar, especially for bluegrass players. This is a good opportunity to own an overall clean example, but with enough modest repairs to bring the price into reach. It has had a recent neck reset, action is nice and medium-low and very playable with plenty of saddle for future adjustments. Full height frets, no significant divots in the fretboard. Top is flat with very minor, typical bellying below the bridge. There are no neck, heel, or block breaks, or any other catastrophic damages sometimes seen on others.

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