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1937 Martin D-18, Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Martin
Product Year
1937
Model
D-18
Serial #
67452
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP298
Condition
Gone over by our very own repair staff. Neck has been reset, but plenty of saddle height left. Frets dressed by our repair staff, tuners original and functional. Several dings, a few cleated and stabilized back cracks. Original bridge plate. John Allison performed a partial refinish in 2009 and recreated a period-correct sunburst.
Body Type(s)
Large, Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Mahogany
Top
Spruce - Adirondack (Red)
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
V - Soft
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Ivoroid
Top Trim
Ivoroid
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Mahogany
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Tuners
Grover
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20 in
Upper Bout
11.375 in
Lower Bout
15.75 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
4.875 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
650 mm
Nut Width
1.72 in
Nut Width (mm)
43.7 mm
String Spacing
2.31 in
String Spacing (mm)
58.7 mm
Weight
4 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - Calton Flight Case
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Description

A hallmark of the vintage Martin world: the D-18. Ours comes to us from 1937, and it’s kept itself in great shape for the past eighty years. The neck carve starts out in a smooth-cheeked C-profile, then slowly the point of a soft-V shape emerges as you travel along the neck toward the heel. Frets are freshly dressed by our repair team, and we’ve dialed in the setup for easy playability and lots of meat left to the saddle. The body was refinished at some point in this Martin’s past, but that über woody Mahogany tone is untouched! The tuners and bridge plate are both original, and If you look closely at the top, you’ll see the Adirondack is tight-grained and straight beneath the shaded burst. This Martin has been partially refinished by the venerable John Allison of Austin, Texas.


Mahogany dreads from the 30s have a dry, explosive tone that’s all their own, and this D-18 is no exception: digging in with a flatpick yields lots of crunch, and the projection is such that you might want to consider wearing ear plugs. It's an obvious choice for Bluegrass, but we also enjoyed fingerpicked Blues and some forays into Old Time and Appalachian fiddletunes. The woody clarity of the voice lends itself to a variety of styles, and the setup is such that you can easily transition between fingertips and flatpicks and various attacks. Included is a sturdy Calton flight case to make sure she stays safe and sound whenever you have to put it down (you have to sleep eventually, right?). This Martin has come many miles to have arrived at our shop today, and we’re confident you'll spend a lifetime exploring all those miles locked away in Mahogany, Adi Spruce, Ebony and Ivoroid.

Man oh man. This is a flatpicking machine in great shape for lots more playing. The setup is dialed in with lots of life left to the saddle. It's been broken in and opened up wonderfully. A great piece of history that still plays like a youngin.
 
This is the ultimate collectible year for Martin dreadnought guitars, and although this one has had some work done over the years it's still in great shape. I love the color of the top and the feel of the neck.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.72 in
STRING SPACING 2.31 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED),
MAHOGANY

A hallmark of the vintage Martin world: the D-18. Ours comes to us from 1937, and it’s kept itself in great shape for the past eighty years.
 

Man oh man. This is a flatpicking machine in great shape for lots more playing.
 
This is the ultimate collectible year for Martin dreadnought guitars, and although this one has had some work done over the years it's still in great shape. I love the color of the top and the feel of the neck.
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