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SN: 77280. Early Martin 1941 D-18 with such a charismatic voice that it turns heads whenever it comes out of the case. It’s an early ’41 with a couple of characteristics I normally associate with 1940; high contrast pickguard with a lot of reddish mottling and very tight-grained, light-colored Adi top. It is otherwise consistent with prewar guitars made just prior to WWII – very high quality Adirondack, Honduran mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck with steel T-bar reinforcement, arrowhead tuners, scalloped rear-shifted bracing and faux tortoise binding. It was built at a time when enthusiasm for the D-18 was surging. Martin made a whopping 575 that year.

The geometry and setup are both dead solid perfect thanks to a trip to the workbench of luthier Dennis Berck. Dennis replaced a compromised replacement bridge with a full height perfect replica. That bridge was held down, in part, with small bridge bolts (ala Gibson). Dennis plugged both the small holes in the top (under the bridge) with spruce and the small holes in the bridge plate with maple. The repair is completely invisible to me. The plate is original and very healthy looking. He reset the neck, crowned and polished the existing frets and lightly touched up the footprint of the old bridge. The action was set to 6/64” on the bass side and 4.5/64” on the treble. Some earlier work includes a California neck is, a tightly repaired top crack and a 3/8” plug in the top. All work was very well executed. The playwear east of the fretboard extension is lightly sealed with French polish and some more recent playwear that is not. On the back, there’s an area of buckle wear. The insides are quite clean.

The tone of this guitar has beguiled everyone who has played it. It has the cut and honk of a big dread plus the richly nuanced and complex midrange and trebles that are the hallmark of the rear-shifted, scalloped models. The setup is so nice it’s easy to bring out the best in it. The neck profile is fuller feeling with the modified V and 1-11/16” nut. String spacing at the bridge is 2-1/8”. It ships with a newish 300-series martin case that fits very well. On consignment.

Top: Adirondack Spruce
Band & Sides: Honduran Mahogany
Bridge & Fretboard: Ebony
Appointments: Dot position markers, faux tortoise binding, b/w trim and rosette
Nut width: 1-11/16”
String spacing: 2-1/8”
Body width: 15-5/8”
Depth: 4-7/8”
Scale length: 25.4”
Case: HSC

Jet City Guitars, LLC

Jet City Guitars, LLC

1941
C. F. Martin
Very Good
Natural
Hard
23 Years
Jet City Guitars, LLC
Jim Brown
206-669-7099
Seattle, WA
2:40 AM
By Appointment.

Payment is by personal check or money order. Payment in full, including shipping and insurance, is required before shipment. Personal checks must clear your bank. Please specify preferred shipping method when you order the instrument and we will calculate the exact price for you.

We represent the instruments as accurately as we can. 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.

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.