C. F. Martin D-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1972)

C. F. Martin  D-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1972)

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C. F. Martin D-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1972), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 311386, sunburst top, natural back and sides finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

Martin built a LOT of D-18s in 1972 -- 4224 to be exact -- but this has to be one of the nicer ones out there today. Typical features for the period include the chrome Grover Rotomatic tuners, black acetate pickguard, and short-saddle rosewood bridge. It remains all original, has had a well-done neckset, and is ready for the next 50+ years. The sound is well-defined with the volume and depth of sound expected from a Dreadnought, but enough brightness to cut more than many and none of that "pillow-in-the-sound hole" response some '70s D-models suffer from. As nice as we usually see these, and we see a lot of 'em!
 
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 is a very clean original example, showing just some very light wear. The finish shows some very small scuffs and dings and has ambered nicely over the years. The neck reset is cleanly done, with one tiny grain crack showing in the sound hole ring off the treble side of the pickguard. That original pickguard is still intact and is not curling up at the edges as many have. Simply a very nice-playing and sounding guitar, ready to go in a period Japanese HSC. Excellent + Condition.