Introducing the Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 featuring the Vintage Tone System (VTS) top.

Here to remind you why you fell in love with us in the first place, the new Martin Authentics are constructed the old way - with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institute. Based on a 1939 D-18 in our museum, this guitar features genuine mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, using an authentic circa 1939 bracing pattern. Period-correct "18" Authentic-style appointments, with an Authentic neck barrel and heel, complete this piece. Martin’s new Vintage Tone System (VTS) is employed for the top and braces.

The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.

Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top Material: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
Rosette: Multi-Stripe
Bracing Pattern: Authentic 1939 Rearward Shifted X Brace
Brace Shape: Scalloped
Brace Material: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
Brace Size: 5/16"
Back Material: Genuine Mahogany
Back Purfling/Strip: Madagascar Rosewood
Side Material: Genuine Mahogany
Endpiece: Faux Tortoise
Binding: Faux Tortoise
Top Inlay Material: Multi-Stripe
Neck Material: Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape: Authentic 1939
Neck Taper: Standard Taper
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock Shape: Solid with 1939 Taper
Headplate Material: Madagascar Rosewood
Headplate Logo Style: Script Golden Era Overlay
Heelcap: Ebony
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4"
Neck Joins Body At: 14th Fret
Number of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8''
Fingerboard Inlay Material: Abalone
Fingerboard Inlay Style: Old Style 18
Side Dots: Grained Ivoroid
Back and Side Finish: Vintage Gloss
Back and Sides Color: Dark Mahogany
Finish Top: Vintage Gloss
Top Color: Clear
Finish Neck: Vintage Gloss
Neck Color: Dark Mahogany
Bridge Material: Ebony
Bridge Style: Authentic Belly - Glue in Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8''
Saddle: Bone
Saddle Radius: 16"
Tuning Machines: Nickel Open Gear
Recommended Strings: SP LIFESPAN 92/8 PHOSPHOR BRONZE MEDIUM (MSP7200)
Knob: Butterbean
Bridge Pin Material: Black Plastic
Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
Case: Ply Hardshell

Year Condition Color Case
2016 Brand New Natural Hard


The Guitar Sanctuary
Brian Meader
McKinney, TX
2:15 PM
Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 6pm

The Guitar Sanctuary does accept returned items as long as arrangements are made for such within 48 hours of purchase/receipt. Returned items MUST be in the original condition and packing (including owner’s manual, un-used warranty card, any other items that came with the item) in order to qualify for a refund. No refunds are available for “special” ordered guitars or amplifiers (items that were not in stock, but rather ordered per the customers request. The customer is responsible for all freight charges and credit card processing fees incurred in the course of the sale. We cannot refund freight charges. The Guitar Sanctuary will charge a 20% restocking fee for returned effects pedals and amplifiers and a 10% restocking fee for Guitars. The only exceptions are for products that are defective.  Please only purchase an item after you are certain it is right for you! Layaway: You can lay-a-way any product for a maximum of three months. Lay-a-way requires a 25% non-refundable deposit. We will not be able to ship the item until it is paid for in full and as a lay-a-way purchase, does not qualify for the 48 hour approval policy. International Sales: We can ship most guitars and other products internationally. We prefer money orders, cashier’s checks, or bank wire transfers in U.S. dollars. Shipping quotes are only valid for 48 hours. Please consult with your local officials about taxes, duties, currency exchange rates, etc.