Vintage Martin D-18 Sitka Spruce and Mahogany
It is said that at times during the 50's and 60's, Martin had a 3 year backlog in instrument orders! Nothing else sounded like a Martin and nothing else would do. It was the prestigious guitar to own. This backlog would lead Martin to build their new factory in Nazereth in 1964 where they continue to build today. This 1966 Martin D-18 was built just a couple years later and happens to be one of the most tonally balanced D-18s we have come across. The now legendary D-18 design was introduced officially in 1934 and along with the D-28, set the standard by which all guitars would be judged... even to this day.
The D-18 is famous for it's dry, woody sound. Built with Mahogany back and sides and a spruce top. It was famously easy to record and many years after it's introduction would become the quintessential guitar for flatpickers such as Doc Watson and even Clarence White. Even though Clarence made a D-28 famous, he is known for recording with the D-18, as it offered a more direct and balanced tone long before the days of EQ and "fixing it in the mix." Point a good D-18 into a microphone at the right spot and your done!
This particular D-18 has a Sitka Spruce top, which replaced the Adirondack tops of the pre-war guitars. Adirondack was nearly non-existent after the war, since it was used for just about everything due to its strength and rigidity. Sitka Spruce, however, was very plentiful and as it turns out, a very nice tonewood in it's own right!
Sitka Spruce isn't as stiff as Adirondack and has a lower stiffness-to-weight ratio. A positive side-effect of this more flexible soundboard is that it doesn't take near as much strength to produce tone. A player with a lighter attack or even fingerstyle players will find Sitka Spruce much more suited to their playing style. The set of Sitka Spruce on this '66 shows nice grain figuring and has aged beautifully. The trebles are rich with a balanced tone across the spectrum and none of the low-end woofiness that can sometimes plague dreadnought guitars.
This Pre-Owned Guitar is in Good Condition w/ Scratches and Dings throughout the entire instrument. It really is almost impossible to find a spot on this guitar that is not scratched or dinged and the top is warped. With all that being said; this Martin sounds amazing with a vintage woody sound that made the D-18 so Popular!
List of repairs done professionally by Glaser Instruments in Nashville TN.
- Bridge Reglue
- Brace Reglue
- Set up
- Body Repair
- Repaired Seam Separation
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