C. F. Martin D-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1971)

C. F. Martin  D-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1971)
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Item # 10697
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C. F. Martin D-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1971), made in Nazareth, PA, natural finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This very clean D-18 dates to the dawn of the 1970s, when Martin Dreadnoughts ruled the roost as the most sought-after acoustic guitars in the world. It shows very little wear at all and remains an excellent player. For gigging convenience a contact pickup is fitted under the bridgeplate wired to an endpin jack and a strap button added on the heel. There are no other alterations except the pickguard is a correct-style replacement; most of the original black acetate 'guards have curled into potato chip-like shapes by now. The original bridge is intact and uncut and even the bridge pins and endpin are original. There are no cracks anywhere on this closet queen, still waiting to be seriously played 50 years on! This far-better-than average example sounding nicely aged in residing in the original blue-lined, black tolex Martin case.
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).
This Martin has seen just a few minor gig-friendly alterations over the last 50 years, but apparently not a lot of play. The original lacquer finish has light checking over the top and back with a handful of nicks on both sides near the lower bout, with a spot of light wear in the finish along the bass side of the lower bout that was nicely touched up. Structurally it is superb, entirely crack-free and has never had a neck set. The original bridge, saddle, nut and frets remain virtually untouched. As noted the black pickguard is a repro, as is very common for this period. A strap button was added at he heel.

Internally, the a thin strip of rosewood was installed over the bride pins holes and the tailblock was drilled for an endpin jack. A contact pickup still resides on the original bridgeplate and is still fully functional, though not the most modern fitting. Two small holes were previously drilled in the neck block, probably for a battery box or preamp no longer there; they do not affect the structural integrity of the guitar in any way. This original PAT. PEND. Grover Rotomatic tuners, are still fully functional. The Martin is housed in it's original black tolex hardshell case, one of the last of these just before the molded plastic case became ubiquitous. Excellent Condition.