“LET THE GUITAR SPEAK”
This is a great all original 1955 D-18. It has had a neck set and frets have no wear. Fret board has no divots. This is what everyone’s looking for and is a tonal cannon!!! A little bear claw in the spruce!
When it comes to flatpicking, it’s tough to beat an old Martin D-18. This example from 1954 is perfectly played in, with the sort of playing wear reserved for the best sounding guitars out there. Has finish cracks but hadn’t found any thru the wood.
This instrument is dry and punchy, with a beautiful clarity often present in Martins from this era. Straight-braced, this guitar has plenty of balance, volume and responsiveness.
While traditionally used as a bluegrass flatpicking machine, this D-18 is equally suited to folky strumming and fingerpicking a-la Bob Dylan. This guitar is well-loved, it is in great playing condition. The action is just right for flatpicking, but the saddle has room for adjustment for the player seeking lower action.
The guitar plays well up and down the neck, and is ready to hit the stage or the studio.
Top: Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Body Binding: Tortoise
Neck: Mahogany One-Piece
Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
Head Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood
Fretboard Binding: None
Tuners: Closed Back Kluson-Style
Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
Pins: Black Plastic, No Dots
Saddle: Bone Cut-Through
Pickguard: Tortoise Colour Celluloid
Nut Width: 1 11/16″
Scale Length: 25.4″