1939 D-18

 
 

1939 Martin D18 #73800. Excellent condition, restored to original specs and set up for modern playing by legendary Martin repairman David Musselwhite in 2010.  For many players, it just does not get any better than these classic Martins built in the period prior just prior to World War II.  This guitar delivers the kind of crisp, clean punch that makes the forward-X Adirondack top guitars so desirable:  clarity all through the frequency range and yet a big bottom end that gives plenty of bass without boom.  This is a guitar that soundmen love as much as the player.  Features include Adirondack top with forward-X scalloped bracing; small maple bridge plate; Honduran mahogany back, sides and neck; neck with rounded taper; ebony fingerboard with small pearl position markers,  1 3/4” nut width and  2 1/8” at 12th fret; original Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay with C.F. Martin decal; new period correct ebony bridge; new period correct faux tortoise pick guard. No cracks, perfect neck profile and refret.  Bridge and period correct finish by David Musselwhite, maintaining original finish on peg head overlay.  The restoration work on this guitar is absolutely amazing, Mr. Musselwhite has brought this old war-horse  into the modern era in a wonderful way, with utmost sensitivity to original specifications.  And since it was in heavy use for so many years, that incredible well-played sound is intact, and with the restoration, this guitar is ready for another 70 years of great service!  $15,500 with new hardshell case.

 

 

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