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Martin D-18 1937 Acoustic Guitar  

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    An authentic re-creation of the legendary 1937 masterpiece.

    This special edition D-18 acoustic guitar is Martin's loving recreation of the original 1937 guitar, now a highly sought-after collector's item. Crafted with mahogany back and sides, a solid Adirondack top with the X-brace and scalloped braces of the period, hide glue, vintage toner on top, ebony bridge with long saddle (2-5/16" string spacing), and a tortoise pickguard. The neck is also formed exactly as the original and reinforced with a traditional non-adjustable T-bar.

    Ebony fretboard (1-3/4" nut, 25.4" scale), small abalone position dots, fossil ivory nut and saddle, ebony bridge pins, 30's style hardshell case. The features and details add up to a true masterpiece of the luthier's art, with all the storied sound quality that graced the original pre-war guitar.

    Features

    • CONSTRUCTION: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
    • BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
    • TOP: Solid Adirondack Spruce
    • ROSETTE: Old Style 18
    • TOP BRACING PATTERN: D-OMLE Forward Shifted
    • TOP BRACES: Solid Adirondack/Scalloped 5/16'' Circa 1937
    • BACK MATERIAL: Solid Genuine Mahogany w/Original Braces
    • BACK PURFLING: Brazilian Rosewood Strip
    • SIDE MATERIAL: Solid Genuine Mahogany
    • ENDPIECE: Tortoise Color in a Narrow 1937 Shape
    • ENDPIECE INLAY: none
    • BINDING: Black Boltaron
    • TOP INLAY STYLE: Multiple Black / White
    • SIDE INLAY: none
    • BACK INLAY: none
    • NECK MATERIAL: Select Hardwood
    • NECK SHAPE: Unique Contour
    • NUT MATERIAL:Fossilized Ivory
    • HEADSTOCK: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Square Taper
    • HEADPLATE: Solid Brazilian Rosewood /Large Golden Era Style
    • HEELCAP:Solid Black Ebony
    • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
    • SCALE LENGTH: 25.4"
    • # OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
    • # OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
    • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 3/4''
    • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 1/4''
    • FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Old Style 18 - Abalone Pearl
    • FINGERBOARD BINDING: none
    • FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss w/Dark Mahogany Stain
    • FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss Aging Toner
    • FINISH NECK: Polished Gloss
    • BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
    • BRIDGE STYLE: 1930 Style Belly- Long Saddle
    • BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 5/16''
    • SADDLE: Fossil Ivory
    • TUNING MACHINES: Gotoh Nickel Open-Geared
    • RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin M550 Phosphor Bronze
    • BRIDGE & END PINS: Black Ebony
    • PICKGUARD: Tortoise Color
    • CASE: 30s Style Hardshell Case
    • INTERIOR LABEL: none
    • ELECTRONICS: not an option
    • OTHER OPTIONS: Available left-handed at no additional charge

    Own your own piece of guitar history. Order today.

     
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    5.0

    Best Guitar I Have Ever Played

    By Jordan Gatenby

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Martin D-18 1937 Acoustic Guitar:

    You must play one to believe. Martin really hit one out of the ballpark here. The only potential issue is the enormous neck. I don't mind it but, if you are used to the necks of more contemporary guitars (I.e. Taylor) this neck may be a challenge.
    Total replica of pre-war d-18! Every detail accounted for.
    Impeccable ... Unlike some more recent Martins.
    This thing is pricey. But probably about right when you consider that it's handmade.

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    5.0

    WOW!

    By Jake-fhJuu

    from Kingsport, TN

    Comments about Martin D-18 1937 Acoustic Guitar:

    I made a trip to Knoxville, TN recently, so I decided to visit the music store there. I am a mostly acoustic guitar player, so I thought I would check out their acoustic room. They have a special room where they keep most of the expensive acoustics like Gibsons, Taylors, a few Breedloves, and of course Martins. I started off playing some of the Breedloves. They didn't impress me much(one twelve string got my attention though), they could have used new strings, however. Moved on to the Taylors, which where nice, but nothing really called out to me. Finally the to the Martins. I try not to be too much of a brand snob, but I can always find a Martin I like. My current acoustic is a 2004 D-18 Golden Era in Sunburst(if you have not tried one you are missing out on a hell of a guitar). Now this is a review of D-18 1937, so I thought they would be similar. Boy was I wrong. This guitar made my jaw drop to floor. The bass that came out of this guitar was amazing. I could feel it vibrate all the way to my toes. The whole room resonated when I played an open E chord. I just sat there and hit the E for at least 5 minutes straight. It was like it was plugged up an amp, it was that load. The guitar played very much like my D-18, only better, because of the similar string spacing. I would have to say that this is my favorite guitar I have ever played, the Trey Anastasio Signature is second, and my D-18GE is third(nothing against the other GE's, mine is just a little more broken in). If you ever get a chance to play one, I highly recommend it. Is it expensive? Oh yes. Is it worth it? Maybe. It depends on how deep your pockets are.

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    5.0

    Mellow & Sweet

    By Mac Turner

    from Phoenixville, PA

    Comments about Martin D-18 1937 Acoustic Guitar:

    This guitar feels and plays like a fine instrument. It is feather light. The sound is sweet and mellifluous. It is a very simple guitar. The Martin 18 models are not over adorned with inlay; they are understated and elegant. Chords arrive lush and full; yet, the sound of each individual string sings through. When planning single note runs, the notes are crisp, accurate, and sharp. Yet, I can clearly hear harmonics from various areas of the soundboard. The mahogany is not as aggressive as the rosewood, but it does sing. This is probably entirely psychological, but I do get a sense that the animal glues are allowing the soundboard to vibrate a little more evenly than the soundboards on my modern Martins, Goodalls, or Santa Cruzes.

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