1951 C. F. Martin D-18


  • Year: 1951
  • Manufacturer: C. F. Martin
  • Model: D-18
  • Case: Hard
  • Color: natural lacquer
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Description: Retrofret Stock # 4892. C. F. Martin D-18 Model Acoustic Guitar (1951), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 120677, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, brown hard shell case. This is a well preserved, great-sounding and playing 1951 Martin D-18. The guitar has a fabulous smooth voice and while it shows some signs of use has no major damage or repairs. Typical appointments for the early 1950's include early Kluson Deluxe tuners with the closed shell, large varied-dot inlay on the Brazillian rosewood fingerboard, rosewood long-saddle bridge, and all tortoise celluloid trim. Martin Dreadnoughts of this era were undisputed favorites with many professional Country & Western entertainers when new; this one was bought new in 1951 by a young lady who played in a hillbilly trio called "The Rainbow Valley Sweethearts". Included is a photograph of her in the group, and one showing her chatting up Hank Williams! This guitar was extremely well cared for and remains a great unmodified example, now increasingly hard to find.Overall length is 40 3/8 in. (102.6 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/4 in. (641 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). A beautiful, crack-free example; some pickwear to the top mostly into but not through the finish around the fingerboard and some deeper pickwear near the bridge and above the low E string. Very little other wear; small dings and some light scratching overall but compared to many period D-18's this is a very clean guitar. Original early-pattern Kluson deluxe tuners are bright and shiny, super clean back of neck and a perfect correct style refret. A very fine playing and sounding D-18, with a very fine period brown Gibson case. Excellent Condition.