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1969 Martin D-18 Dreadnought Vintage Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1969 Martin D-18 dreadnought in excellent condition, complete with a vintage hardshell case. This Martin has received all the maintenance due an acoustic of this vintage including a professional neck reset and fret level. Tonewoods include a solid X-braced spruce top and mahogany back and sides, with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, offering a traditional Martin dreadnought tonal profile.

This Martin has an extremely powerful and woody tone with a present, bold bass register that yields a rich bark when digging in hard with a pick. The trebles are sparkling, round, and punchy, and this D-18 is a very rewarding strummer with good string-to-string note definition and a balanced sound when traveling up the fingerboard. This Martin weighs 4lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings, easy-playing action and optimal intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender soft V-shaped profile carve, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 9th. The neck profile has been refinished in a high gloss, and the neck carve has been fractionally reshaped behind the nut, presenting a bit flatter than a stock Martin carve. The rosewood fretboard retains the original fretwire which has been leveled and crowned, showing only light wear beneath the plane strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25.4" scale length, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The guitar has been fitted with a vintage set of Schaller chrome-plated tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably.

The rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the saddle is at its lowest point of adjustment, still offering action that's well within spec for a proper setup in every register, measuring 8/64" on the bass side at the 12th fret and 5/64" on the treble side. The neck has also been reset in the guitar's lifetime, and there is minor finish loss adjacent to the neck heel, with a strap button also added to the treble side. The pickguard is a modern replacement matching the style of the original.

The original gloss nitro lacquer finish has been oversprayed on the back and sides, and there are a couple slight repaired splits on the bass-side rim at the waist, and similar repairs on the treble-side rim as well. The center seam on the back has been reglued, and an enlarged endpin hole has been cleanly plugged with mahogany (endpin had previously accommodated a 1/4” jack) and restored to its original size. There is broad lacquer checking across the back, and cosmetic wear includes light strum wear on the bass side of the soundhole, and some additional minor nicks and scuffs from careful use.

A vintage molded black Martin hardshell case is included with functional latches and the original handle.