1952 Martin D-18 SN. 127480
This D-18 is one of the biggest and best sounding of any that has ever come into the shop. The guitar's last owner was the writer/editor Art Dudley, who wrote for Listener, Stereophile (where he was an editor) and also for some of our favorite guitar magazines. In fact, if you read the great article from 2007 in Fretboard Journal #5 that was about Tony Rice's iconic Martin D-28 then you've seen his work, he wrote that article. If you haven't read it, look it up, it's worth your time to read it! Anyway, this fine old D-18 has no cracks and is appears to be entirely original inside and out. There are no cracks in the top, back, sides or neck. The original finish has some minor wear on the top, and typical nicks/dings from handling and play on top, sides and back. The back also has a significant (about the size of a saucer) finish abrasion/belt buckle rash on the back where the finish is gone entirely. It is higher up on the back than is typical and down to the surface of the wood. The back of the neck also has finish wear, particularly in the first position. The interior is clean and all of the original bracing (including bridge plate) is secure and in good order. The fret board shows some minor wear in the first position, the frets also show minor wear but nothing severe and plenty of fret height present to allow for re-crowning in the future. The neck angle is perfect, was reset by Tom Crandall (TR Crandall Guitars, NY) and there's plenty of saddle. The neck is flat under tension, intonation good all over the neck. The action measures 7/64" and 6/64" at the 12th fret under tension of medium gauge strings. The guitar makes a mighty noise...strong bass and fat trebles, excellent sustain. Articulate across the tonal range of the instrument. Comes with a Calton flight case made for the guitar (a $1250 value). $7950
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