62497– Powerful and handsome prewar D-18 with a couple of issues that transport the guitar from the Universe of Unobtainium to the Land of Affordabilia without looking like the Wreck of the Hesperus. It’s one of those guitars with near unlimited headroom that loves to be played with a strong right hand. It projects with the best of them and can turn heads across an auditorium. One Em chord can make a grown man shudder. One of only 258 made in 1936, the patina suggests a guitar that has been played all its life with vigor and for good reason. The forward-X scalloped bracing, 1-3/4” nut, 2-5/16” string spacing, long scale and big shouldered neck profile make this one of Martin’s most desirable years. And one of the most copied. The Adirondack top shows moderate playwear and three well repaired cracks, one from the bridge to the butt end, an inside pickguard crack, and a hairline running next to the fretboard on the bass side. The bridge has convinced me that it’s original with a slight ramping or one of those rare forgery quality repros with correct asymmetrical wings. Back and sides show some typical scratches and rash. There’s a single hairline on the bass side which may not go through. The neck is straight with newer frets and a recent neck reset has achieved dead solid perfect geometry. There is a small crack in the heel on the treble side that was caught before it went far, likely from removal of a tightly fitted neck during the reset. And, because it was set up for a lefty at one time, there is a filled strap button hole on the bass side. I’ve looked at some of the others on the web and I believe the owner is fair in his pricing. Comes with a nearly new Canadian hardshell case with a nice red padded interior. On consignment.
• Adirondack spruce top
• Honduran Mahogany back & sides
• Ebony Bridge & Fretboard
• T-bar neck support, T-frets
• 1 3/4" nut width
• 25.4" Scale length
• 2 5/16" string spacing
• Original Grover G-93 Tuners
• Recent neck reset, new frets, Pro setup
• Newer Hardshell Case
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All instruments are shipped on 48-hour approval. If there is damage as a result of the shipping, please contact us immediately and we will deal with the insurance company. If the instrument is damaged in transit from you to me, then you are responsible for dealing with the damage and insurance. For refunds, all instruments must be returned in the same condition as we shipped them in.