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1973 Martin D-18S Slotted Headstock 12 Fret Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar


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Up for sale, a 1973 Martin D-18S vintage dreadnought acoustic guitar in exceptional condition, complete with the original hardshell case. A rather rare D-18 variant, this instrument has a unique feel and tonal response with 12 frets clear of the body, a slope shoulder body shape, and a full 1 7/8" wide nut. This Martin has been extremely well-kept over the past nearly half century, recently given all the service due a Martin of this vintage with a hide glue neck reset, new carved bone saddle, and a level and crown of the original fretwire. Delivering ample projection and power, the X-braced spruce top paired with solid, crack-free mahogany back and sides ensuring a resonant and lively traditional tonewood platform. The guitar has an extremely articulate and sparkling treble register, with clarity in the midrange frequencies and a smooth, rich bass growl when you dig in hard with a flatpick. Fingerpicking yields a particularly balanced response, and given the placement on the bridge on top consistent with the 12 fret design, the bridge is further from the X brace, allowing the top to vibrate more freely for a notably big, bold range of tonalities. The guitar weighs 3lbs 15oz, freshly restrung with 12-54 bronze strings and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action. The mahogany neck a slender carve at the nut inferring a very soft V, with more roundness and depth as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and 1.025" at the 9th. The guitar boasts a slab rosewood fretboard which retains the original slender frets, freshly dressed and crowned and showing zero wear. This D-18 has Martin's traditional 25.4" scale length and the nut measures a full 1 7/8" in width, providing ample spacing for fingerpicking. On the face of the slotted headstock, the original gold Martin logo is present on the rosewood veneer, with gleaming plating on the original Grover tuning machines. On the body, the new carved bone saddle has plenty of height, and the rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges. The body is crack-free and extremely clean with a replacement black pickguard (original also included) and faint checking on the ambered nitro lacquer gloss on the upper bout on top. Extremely well-kept, cosmetic wear is limited to a few requisite scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole, while the gloss on the neck profile is extremely smooth as well. The original black tolex hardshell case with blue plush interior is included. The original latches are function and the stock handle is intact.