Up for sale, a 1972 Martin D-18 dreadnought acoustic guitar in excellent condition, complete with the original hardshell case. Boasting a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, this Martin is a very rewarding strummer with a big sound. Clear and balanced across all strings and in all registers, this D-18 benefits from the inherent warmth of its solid mahogany back and sides, delivering a smooth growl when you dig in hard with a flatpick, while a soft strum can yield an airy, chiming sound. The wound strings have good definition and power, while the trebles are sparkling and clear. This Martin weighs 4lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in with 12-53 strings and low action.
The mahogany neck has a soft V profile carve, relatively slender at the nut, yet quickly gaining heft and substance as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 9th. The rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which show only moderate wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-3, with fainter wear on the crowns extending to fret 5. Clearly the previous owner didn’t venture beyond the “cowboy chord” area, and there’s light wear into the rosewood on the treble side from frets 1-3 as well. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25.4" scale with a straight neck. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features a rosewood veneer on the face, with a clean Martin logo and a set of original Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic tuning machines with clean chrome plating and a very smooth response.
The rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, retaining its original bridge plate and saddle. The saddle has good height, and the neck has just been freshly reset, ensuring decades of easy playability. The black pickguard sits flush with the top, and the guitar has the requisite small "B string crack" between the pickguard edge and bridge, and a similarly slight repair on the outside edge of the pickguard at the waist. There are also three longer cracks on the lower bout, glued in the past and stable.
The finish is 100% original and exceedingly clean, framed by black Boltaron binding on the top and back. Cosmetic wear is limited to a couple finish scratches near the endpin, and a few additional minor dings and light scuffs in the clear coat of the nitro gloss on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the profile shows just a couple very shallow marks that aren’t distracting to the palm in the slightest.
The original Martin molded gray hardshell case is included.