Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 2012 Natural

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  • $2,535$3,540

Along with its Rosewood counterpart, the D-28, the Martin D-18 stands as one of the true original dreadnoughts introduced by Martin in 1932. The D-18 made a switch from a 12-fret to a 14-fret instrument in 1934 and has stayed largely the same since, with just the occasional change in wood source or cosmetic detail. Since the D-18 uses Mahogany instead of Rosewood, it is thought to have a somewhat crisper sound with more definition the top-end. The D-18 Authentic 1939 is a custom-shop  D-18 built as a close replication of an original example from 1939. Differences from the normal D-18 include hide glue construction, steel T-bar truss rod, and a full neck profile.

Years of Production:
2006 - present

Body Style: Dreadnought

Wood Composition:  Mahogany back and sides, Adirondack Spruce top, 1-piece Mahogany neck

Design Elements: Hide glue construction, steel T-bar truss rod, full neck profile, 14 frets (clear of body), tortoiseshell pickguard

Notable Players:  Elvis Presley, Doc Watson, Clarence White, Andy Griffith, David Crosby  


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