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

C. F. Martin  D-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1971)
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C. F. Martin D-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1971), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 293568, natural finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell 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 is a good-playing and sounding D-18 from the dawn of the 1970s, when Martin Dreadnoughts ruled the roost as the most sought-after acoustic guitars in the world. Martin built quite a few of these at the time and they have remained workhorse guitars ever since. This one has had some well-done repairs including a neckset and is a bit worn-in but remains original, making for an excellent gigger.

The top shows some general wear with ambering and checking to the original finish. There are a number of pick scrapes visible but the only notable strumwear through the finish into the wood is above the low E string behind the soundhole. The back and sides have small dings and dents and a decent amount of buckle wear into but not through the finish. The lacquer remains original with no added finish on the instrument,

The back of the neck is relatively clean, with just some small dings and scrapes. The original black acetate pickguard is still intact, with some minor shrinkage and a sealed grain cracks off the back top edge. There is a small repaired split off the bass side of the fingerboard to the soundhole rim, and two deep checks at the bottom of the lower treble bout that do not go through the wood. The back and sides are crack free.

A strap button has been added on the lower side of the heel. The original bridge has been reglued; it retains good height but may been lowered just a hair in front of the pins, and has a new saddle. There is a L.R. Baggs pickup installed with an endpin jack and a soundhole volume control installed that work well. The original frets have some light wear but play fine. Overall this is not a closet queen but a good sounding and playing old D-18, worn in enough to gig without worry and doing well for just hitting the 50 year mark! It includes a later black Tolex HSC with some sticker decoration. Overall Very Good + Condition.