Martin D-18 (1940)


This old war-horse Martin D-18 comes to us from a longtime friend of the shop, who's played it professionally for the last three decades. It was sold to him by Mandolin Bros. in the mid 1970s, at which time their repairman, John Monteleone, included a tune-up with the purchase. Part of Monteleone's freshen-up job included replacing the original bridge plate (it appears he may have added the current plate on top of the original one) and shoring up the body's several cracks. The tuners and pickguard have also been replaced (the 'guard appears to be Martin material c.1957). Please examine the photos for documentation of the wear and cosmetic blemishes across the guitar's surface. Although the finish is heavily worn, it's original. In case it isn't obvious yet, this thing has been played a lot and carries the warm, open sound you'd expect. Plenty of volume, and a sweet, crisp midrange that just barks "vintage Martin D-18." Priced with hard case.

On consignment. Expedited shipping only online. Please contact us for ground shipping options and an in-hand description. 

Interested? We may have another on the way.

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