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1980 Martin D-18 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1980 Martin D-18 dreadnought acoustic guitar in exceptional condition, complete with the original hardshell case. Boasting a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, this Martin delivers a burly, bold, and crisp sound with sweet trebles that have just a touch of punch. Wound strings are taut and clear, with low frequencies that hold together well and offer some smooth growl when you dig in hard with a flatpick. This Martin weighs 4lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in with 12-53 strings and low action.

The mahogany neck has a round C profile carve with shoulders that almost infer a very soft V, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 9th. The rosewood fretboard has been partially refretted from frets 1-4, perfectly matching the original frets further up the fingerboard. The frets are flawless with perfectly rounded crowns, and 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 Schaller-made and Martin-branded chrome tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

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 and bridge. There is a singular additional repaired crack behind the bridge on top, professionally addressed and structurally sound.

The Natural finish is 100% original and exceedingly clean, framed by black Boltaron binding on the top and back. The guitar exhibits a few minor marks on top clustered on the treble-side lower bout, and a couple isolated spots of lacquer checking on the edges of the back, along with a few faint finish scratches and minor dings. Wear is similarly restrained on the sides, and the neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with just a few shallow nicks central to the carve.

The original Martin molded black hardshell case is included.