C. F. Martin D-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1958)

C. F. Martin  D-18 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1958)
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C. F. Martin D-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1958), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 163894, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a lightly worn-in, great playing 1958 D-18 showing some signs of use but no particularly heavy wear. This guitar shows typical appointments for 1958 including individual Kluson Deluxe tuners with metal buttons, large varied-dot inlay on the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, a rosewood long-saddle bridge and tortoise celluloid binding and pickguard. This guitar has a fabulous big voice and remains in fine playing condition.

In 1958 Martin Dreadnoughts were the most sought-after flattops in the world, considered the world standard. 976 D-18's were made that year, and many were gigged heavily for years or decades to come. The D-18 and D-28 were the undisputed favorites of many professional Country & Western entertainers when new, and are still known as fantastic guitars for a wide range of styles. This one shows some wear but less repair than many, making for an excellent stage or recording guitar.
 
Overall length is 40 3/8 in. (102.6 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/8 in. (12.4 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 60+ year old D-18 shows some fairly light typical wear and a couple of relatively minor repairs. The fully original finish shows a number of small dings, dents and scrapes but no heavily worn areas. There has been a minor split in the arm of the X-brace under the pickguard neatly glued up (which is practically invisible) and a very short grain split to the spruce off the 'guards top edge, neatly sealed but visible. Other than these the guitar is crack free.

The neck has been very cleanly reset to the original rosewood bridge and the small maple bridgeplate is intact with very light wear. The bone saddle is newer, but everything else on the instrument appears original. The frets are in excellent shape with hardly any wear. This is a great playing and lovely sounding old D-18, with a comfortable very action and powerful but evenly balanced tone. It resides in a more recent Martin-branded black Tolex HSC. Overall Excellent Condition.