Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1939 D-18 w/Calton Case
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This vintage 1939 Martin D-18, serial# 73525, is a phenomenal player with a long life ahead thanks to the recent restoration done by our boss, Jim Baggett. It shows a lot of honest play wear (see photos), but the top remains crack free. The back has two small, tight cracks in the lower bout. There is a long repaired crack on treble side. The crack is not that visible, but the finish was altered and is lighter. It is by far the worst area as to the finish condition on the guitar, but luckily on the treble side. There are no structural issues with this crack. The fingerboard and bridge had been thinned down when we received the guitar and required replacing. This guitar has a narrow neck, or late '39. Jim elected to replace the board and flared it out a bit, and was able to end up with a nut width of nearly 1 3/4". Additionally, he made a new bridge and moved the pin spacing from 2 1/8" out to 2 1/4".
The original bridge plate was in very good condition and the ovaling of the holes is not noticeable. Jim has done this repair on many 1939 to 1944 guitars resulting in great playability. This guitar has been been played by many top pro players, and beyond liking the sound, they all loved the playability. The modification is not visually noticeable, but very much appreciated by the players. This 1939 Martin D-18 is an exceptional-sounding and -playing guitar, and it comes with a 2014 grey Calton hard case.
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