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1948 Martin D-18 - Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Here we have a 1948 Martin D-18 in Mahagony and Sitka Spruce. The D-18 is one of the heavy hitters in the bluegrass world, it has warmth,power and projection, perfect for leading the lineup. For its age, this guitar has survived the years quite well with only moderate battle wounds and buckle rash. The tone is just as we would expect from a vintage D-18 warm and round, it vibrates excitedly in your lap when a note is plucked. Old Martins are harder and harder to come by, in good shape even more so, don't miss out on this great chance to own a legend!

Here we have a 1948 Martin D-18 in Mahagony and Sitka Spruce. The D-18 is one of the heavy hitters in the bluegrass world, it has warmth,power and projection, perfect for leading the lineup. For its ...read full description

    Woods & Trim
  • Back/Sides: Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Rosette: Wood
  • Binding: Tortoise Style
  • Fingerboard Bindings: None
  • Headplate: Rosewood - Brazilian
  • Headstock Bindings: None
  • Headstock Inlay: Builder Decal
  • Top Trim: Wood Lines
  • Back Strip: Black Line
  • Fret Markers: MOP Dots
  • Tuners: Kluson
  • Tuner Finish: Nickel
    Measurements
  • Body Size: Dreadnought
  • Scale: 25 5/16 in. (642.9 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 5/8 in. (41.4 mm)
  • String Spacing: 2 3/16 in. (55.6 mm)
  • Body Length: 20 in.
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/2 in.
  • Lower Bout: 15 5/8 in.
  • Serial #: 105664
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 7/8 in.
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 7/8 in.
  • Frets to body: 14
    Extras
  • Cutaway: None
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Style
  • Case: Hardshell Case - Chipboard Case with Leather Exterior
  • Pickup: None
  • Condition: Typical buckle wear and finish wear on top and back. Finish wear on bass side upper bout. Play wear above soundhole. One stabilized crack on top lower treble bout. Action is somewhat high, but plays well as is. 3rd string tuner stiff.
Artists who play instruments by this builder: Eric Clapton, Norman Blake, John Mayer, Clarence White, Richie Sambora, Steve Earle, Beck, Roger McGuinn, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, Paul Simon, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, George Jones
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1948 Martin D-18 - Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Player Reviews

Player Reviews:

"There is something about an old Mahogany Martin that just sings to my heart, I love the warmth and power. You can really dive in and give it all you got, or play a bit more reservedly and pull some great beauty out of this thing." - Paul Heumiller

"Great sounding Bluegrass guitar with lots of punch and the action set high enough to really get the volume when playing in a band. The tone is almost perfect on this vintage Martin." - Al Petteway