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Martin D18 Authentic 1939 Acoustic Guitar w/Case

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The Martin D18 Authentic 1939 Acoustic Guitar w/Case is here to remind you why you fell in love with Martin in the first place, the new Authentics are constructed the old way - with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institute. Based on a 1939 D-18 in our museum, this guitar features mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, using an authentic circa 1939 bracing pattern. Period-correct "18" Authentic-style appointments, with an Authentic neck barrel and heel, complete this piece.

Style 18 guitars have long been synonymous with mahogany body construction, although from 1857 to 1917 they were actually rosewood guitars. In 1931, the first mahogany D-18 was built, a 12-fret model, based on Martin’s early Ditson models and later refined and renamed the D-1. In 1935, standard D-18 features included solid mahogany body, Adirondack spruce top, 14-fret neck, and ebony fingerboard and bridge. These 1930s and early ’40s D-18s are light in weight and have a wonderful dry, treble voice and strong, well-balanced bass, making them ideal for stage and recording play. Plainer and less costly than their D-28 counterpart, they provide an excellent quality alternative Martin for many performers that have included Elvis Presley, who played a 1942 D-18 for much of his early career (including playing rhythm on all his legendary Sun records). Hank Williams also played a D-18 as many historical photos attest. From blues singer Brownie McGhee to legendary Rock ‘n’ Roller Eddie Cochran to beloved actor Andy Griffith, the Martin D-18 was the guitar-of-choice.

The D-18 Authentic 1939 has all the pre-war features – hide glue construction, solid mahogany sides and back, Adirondack spruce top, forward shifted scalloped X-bracing, T-Bar neck reinforcement, black ebony fingerboard and ebony belly bridge with long saddle and Waverly tuners with butterbean knobs. But above all, it has the powerfully breathy and glassine voice of the seventy-five year old vintage Martin D-18 that’s locked and loaded, waiting to be played.

Product Specifications
Model: D-18 Authentic 1939
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
Rosette Old Style: 18
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped (Authentic Style) - Circa 1939 - Forward Shifted
Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16 in.
Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Back Purfling: Madagascar Rosewood (D28 Pattern)
Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Endpiece: Tortoise Color - Brown(1939 Shape)
Binding: Tortoise Color - Brown
Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape: Authentic 1939 Barrel & Heel
Nut Material: Fosslized Ivory
Headstock: Solid/1939 Taper
Headplate: Solid Madagascar Rosewood/Large Golden Era Style
Heelcap: Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4 in.
# Of Frets Clear: 14
# Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16 in.
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8 in.
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18 - 1939(Abalone)
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
Finish Neck: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Authentic Style Belly - Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8 in.
Saddle: 16 in. Radius/Long Fossilized Ivory
Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel 4060 w/Butterbean Knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins: Black
Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
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Phone:  610-759-2837 Warranty:  Lifetime, original owner (excluding strings)1 year on Backpacker, Little Martins and Ukuleles
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