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This consignment 1940 Martin D-18 (74186) comes from the earliest part of that year. Only 377 D-18s were made in 1940 and this guitar is one of the nicer looking examples that I have seen from this year. All repair and setup work performed by Sparky Kramer in consultation with the consigning owner. The gorgeous wide grain Adirondack spruce top has the narrower grain at the edges. The neck profile feels like the shape from fall of 1939, very comfortable and a little more full than the rest of 1940 through 1942. The original Grover G-98 tuners are in nice cosmetic and functional condition. REPAIRS include: Neck reset and refret, New bridge, Replacement bridgeplate of original size and shape (The original bridgeplate had been capped with a rosewood piece held by epoxy.), Two small repaired top cracks near the bass-side corner of the end block, Glued and stable small rupture type crack at bass-side corner of the tail block, Installed replacement pin set. The pick wear and collection of small dings on the top and body are minimal. The voice is fat and rich, with a nice, easy response. An excellent bluegrass or flatpicking guitar at a very nice price. With recent hardshell case.

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Year Condition Case
1940 Excellent Hard


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