1941 C. F. Martin D-18


  • Year: 1941
  • Manufacturer: C. F. Martin
  • Model: D-18
  • Case: Original Hard
  • Color: Natural
  • Condition: Excellent

SN 79480 – A quick note to let you know the owner has reduced the price on this exquisite guitar. This consignment instrument is the cleanest prewar dreadnought I’ve ever had in the shop – and one of the best sounding. The 1941 Martins were the highest expression of the post-1938 years, employing the best materials and design ideas available before the wartime shortages-- Adirondack top with thin straight grain, aggressively scalloped bracing, rear X design for a more incisive drive, and a narrower, faster neck with the “modified V” design with T-bar reinforcements. The appointments are ebony. The finish is 100% original and in excellent condition as are the tuners, bridge plate, and bridge. Needless to say, it is crack free with just the slightest signs of play wear and checking. The list of repairs is quite small – a neck set and refret by TJ Thompson, one replaced bridge pin, modern strap button properly installed on the treble side of the heel, and lightly sanded bridge. The voice is startling – great volume, clarity, articulation and chordal blooming. It comes with the original purple lined case with the double diamonds on the string box. New price: $28,500.

Here is a video of the guitar being played by Orville Johnson in the Fretboard Journal Studios.