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1941 Martin D-18
Over the years we have had the pleasure to make many comparisons of the ÐVenerable” Dreadnought, whether it be Mahogany or Brazilian Rosewood. When C.F. Martin first produced this model in 1932, for ÐArkie the Arkansas Woodchopper,Ó little did he know the impact he was making on the musical world, as well as the world in general. The best Martin ÐPre-WarÓ Dreads are often imitated, rarely if ever duplicated. Most people have never even had the chance to play a true Pre- war Martin, in unaltered condition. Until now
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Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: Mahogany
Scale: 25 1/2″
Nut width: 1 11/16″
Frets To Body: 14
Serial Number: 78053
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: Martin Decal
Tuners: Nickel Open Gear
Rosette: 18 Style
Body Binding: Tortoise
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Case: Ameritage with Original Chipboard Shipped Separately
We are pleased to have an exceptional version of the very guitar that we all make reference to, a true 1941 D-18! — 70 years after this instrumentês birth, it is hard to distinguish from a lightly used instrument. This is the old growth spruce we all dream of. Adirondack spruce top, to be sure, which has a golden patina that looks a bit like Tupelo Honey. The vintage Mahogany is beautifully ribboned, which is a feature that you just donêt see in newer instruments. While we are on the subject of old growth tone woods, let us discuss the weight of said guitar. Airy comes to mind… At a mere 4.2 pounds, weêll let you be the judge. The neck welcomes you like an old friend, its larger modified V not daunting, but rather enjoyable, with large shoulders on which to rest your hands, turning to a softer C shape further up the neck. The finish lovingly worn away on the neck to a smooth, almost oiled feel, that shows this guitar was played yet well cared for in its lifetime.
Make no mistake – this septuagenarian needs no assistance in its advanced years! It could take on all comers, and have plenty left for seconds. Its sound is impressive in both depth and breadth. Warm and woody, yet able to shout down any whippersnappers with its authoritative voice. Banjo killer?… serial Banjo killer comes to mind! Notes are clear and precise anywhere on the neck, chords are simply massive, and your G runs will be heard from here to the heavens. Many make claims, yet few can deliver the goods of said battle axe. Friends, you are looking at it. This is the one you take to war, the one you grab 1st if the house is burning. Marriages have been wrecked for these, play one and you might understand the hushed, reverent tones associated with these and their brethren.
Let us be clear, just because this is a Pre-war Dread does not automatically make this a Holy Grail instrument. We have played numerous old Dreadnoughts, and age is not kind to some. This particular D- 18 has weathered the years marvelously! It has been refretted at some point, however it was a professional install, with only the smallest amount of fret wear. Is is not in need of a neck reset, has no cracks or loose bracing, the finish is original, and has gorgeous checking. In fact the only other issue we can find is that the bridge pins are not original! The original, yes, original chipboard case (in excellent condition) is even included along with the original warranty card dated 1942. For obvious reasons, we will not be shipping this old man in his original chipboard case, (though included in your purchase). We will also include a heavy duty deluxe Ameritage case, safe & suitable for shipping. We are expecting that many of you will be bringing your instruments in for a shoot-out, well, come one & come all!
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