This is a great all original 1955 D-18. It has had a neck set and frets have no wear. Fret board has no divots. This is what everyone’s looking for and is a tonal cannon!!! A little bear claw in the spruce!

When it comes to flatpicking, it’s tough to beat an old Martin D-18. This example from 1954 is perfectly played in, with the sort of playing wear reserved for the best sounding guitars out there. Has finish cracks but hadn’t found any thru the wood.

This instrument is dry and punchy, with a beautiful clarity often present in Martins from this era. Straight-braced, this guitar has plenty of balance, volume and responsiveness.

While traditionally used as a bluegrass flatpicking machine, this D-18 is equally suited to folky strumming and fingerpicking a-la Bob Dylan. This guitar is well-loved, it is in great playing condition. The action is just right for flatpicking, but the saddle has room for adjustment for the player seeking lower action.

The guitar plays well up and down the neck, and is ready to hit the stage or the studio.

Top: Sitka Spruce

Back & Sides: Mahogany

Rosette: 18-Style

Body Binding: Tortoise

Neck: Mahogany One-Piece

Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood

Head Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood

Fretboard Binding: None

Tuners: Closed Back Kluson-Style

Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood

Pins: Black Plastic, No Dots

Saddle: Bone Cut-Through

Nut: Bone

Pickguard: Tortoise Colour Celluloid

Nut Width: 1 11/16″

Scale Length: 25.4″

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