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Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 Acoustic Guitar  

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The new Authentics from Martin are constructed in the traditional Martin way - with hide glue throughout, and historically accurate detailing confirm...Read More

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A classic design and build to give you a classic Martin sound.

The new Authentics from Martin are constructed in the traditional Martin way - with hide glue throughout, and historically accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institute. Based on a 1939 D-18 in Martin's museum, this guitar features mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, and uses an authentic circa 1939 bracing pattern. Period-correct "18" Authentic-style appointments, with an Authentic neck barrel and heel, complete this piece.

Comes with 545V Harptone case.

  • Construction: Mahogany blocks/Dovetail neck joint - hide glue construction
  • Body Size: D-14 fret
  • Top: Solid Adirondack spruce
  • Rosette: Old Style 18
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' scalloped (Authentic style) - circa 1939 rear-shifted
  • Top Braces: Solid Adirondack spruce 5/16''
  • Back Material: Solid genuine mahogany
  • Back Purfling: Madagascar rosewood (D28 pattern)
  • Side Material: Solid genuine mahogany
  • Endpiece: Tortoise color - brown (1939 shape)
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: Tortoise Color - Brown
  • Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: none
  • Neck Material: Solid genuine mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Authentic 1939 barrel & heel
  • Nut Material: Fossilized ivory
  • Headstock: Solid/1939 taper
  • Headplate: Solid Madagascar rosewood/Large Golden-era style
  • Heelcap: Solid black ebony
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid black ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • Number Of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number Of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18 - 1939 (Abalone)
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished gloss with aging toner
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss with aging toner
  • Finish Neck: Polished Gloss with aging Toner
  • Bridge Material: Solid black ebony
  • Bridge Style: Authentic-style belly - long saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' radius/long fossilized ivory
  • Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel 4060 with Butterbean Knobs
  • Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge & End Pins: Black
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise color
  • Case: 545V Harptone

Want that authentic Authentic Martin feel and tone? Pick up one of Authentics today.

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Well worth the price, provided you shop

By eaglette

from troy, idaho

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  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 Acoustic Guitar:

Bridge plate separated after 6 months.
sent to Martin for warranty repair. 6 months later repairs were completed to a very high standard. The guitar is simply awesome.

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