Introduced in 1932, the Martin D-18 his the original working musicians dreadnought acoustic guitar, and was the entry point of the Martin dreadnought range for a number of years. With a stripped back look compared to the abalone inlaid top of the line models of the time, and its rootsy yet articulate sound, the D-18 has stood the test of time with players throughout the decades.
This model from 196 is a fantastic example of an affordable vintage Martin, featuring a nicely aged Spruce top and Mahogany back, sides & neck. The D-18 has a more has a beautifully balanced tonal character, with all the clarity and string definition you expect from a vintage Martin. The warmth of the Mahogany balances well with the brightness and attack of the Spruce, for a sound that is versatile enough for pretty much any playing style. This guitar features the traditional belly down bridge, tortoiseshell pick guard, and was the first production year to use black binding instead of tortoiseshell.
This guitar is in very good condition, with some play wear to the top around the sound hole, and on the back of the body, along with the kind of lacquer ageing and patina you would expect from a guitar of this age. It has also had an LR Baggs Element fitted, and previously has benefitted from a refret and neck reset. Other than this, the guitar is in all original condition, and includes a non original hard case.
As with all our vintage instruments, this guitar has been given a thorough service & setup by the Vintage Instrument Workshop and is guaranteed for 3 years in line with our vintage instrument warranty.