C. F. Martin D-18 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1955), Nazareth, PA, serial # 143739. This is a great-sounding and playing 1955 Martin D-18, a lovely guitar with a fabulous big voice. It has only fairly minor signs of 65+ years of use and remains in fine playing condition. This guitar shows the typical D-18 appointments for the mid-1950s. The body is mahogany with a spruce top, which has some nice "striped" bookmatched grain. The neck is also mahogany with large varied-dot inlay on the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Fittings include individual Kluson Deluxe tuners with metal buttons, a rosewood long-saddle bridge and the tortoise celluloid body binding and pickguard. Martin Dreadnoughts of this era were undisputed favorites with most professional Country & Western entertainers, and are still known as fantastic guitars for a wide range of styles. The rosewood D-28 was the highest grade available, but the mahogany D-18 was somewhat more affordable at $140 (compared to $225). It became a sought-after flattop even for professional players, considered then and now the world standard in a large-body mahogany guitar. Over the decades many players have come prefer the D-18 was a recording instrument, as the tone tends to be crisper and more even, as most microphones prefer! While just over 1100 D-18's were made in 1955, many were gigged heavily for years and the great bulk of them have not survived as nicely as this example.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 D-18 shows light wear throughout but remains structurally excellent. The top shows light pickwear both above and below the strings on the rim of the soundhole and around the pickguard. There is some loss to the lower soundhole edge and some wear through the finish on the pickguard itself. The top also exhibits checking and scrapes and small dings, but there are no cracks. The back and sides are also crack free but do show some typical checking and a few scrapes and press marks, most notably on the upper bout rim on the treble side. The back of the neck is relatively clean, with just some shallow dents and the headstock and decal show only a few light marks. The interior, including the bridge plate, remains clean and original showing no signs of any repair. The rosewood bridge is original; it has been taken down somewhat but still retains plenty of height. The bone saddle is a replacement. The neck has been cleanly reset and the action and playability are excellent. The fingerboard and frets are relatively clean showing comparatively little wear; this appears to be an older refret which looks very much like correct Martin work. The guitar plays and sounds lovely, with a powerful ringing tone offering an excellent combination of depth, clarity and sweetness. It is supple enough to make a fine fingerpicker but responds well to a stronger picking attack as well, making for a superbly versatile instrument. Overall Excellent Condition.

Listed9 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • D-18
  • Natural Lacquer
  • 1955
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Dreadnought
Top Material
  • Spruce
Back Material
  • Mahogany
Sides Material
  • Mahogany

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