The Martin D-18 stands as an American guitar icon. It is the epitome of the timeless Martin sound that has been heard on records throughout the decades and played by legends across generations. Few guitar designs have ever perfected the simplicity in construction of a pre-war Martin D-18 of this era.
Its solid Mahogany back and sides, and dovetail neck joint, paired with an Adirondack spruce top and forward-shifted scalloped X-bracing, give the 1938 D-18 its timeless tone and projection. The 1938 D-18’s “C” neck shape with its subtle “V” profile, and its 1 3/4” nut width, create a perfect combination of comfort and playability. These features come together in concert to create the instrument that has defined one of the most distinctive acoustic guitar sounds in history.
The D-18's simplicity has never limited its versatility. It is widely regarded for its unparalleled recording capabilities, its balanced yet powerful tone, and its universal applications, cherished by finger-style players and heavy-handed strummers alike. There is a reason the Martin D-18 has withstood the test of time and informed the designs of countless builders that have followed. However, while its design has been imitated relentlessly, a true pre-war Martin such as this 1938 D-18 can never be replicated.
This 1938 D-18 belongs to a good customer friend who bought it from someone who owned it for roughly 20 years. It's crack-free, has been pleck'd by TJ Thompson, has a new bone nut and saddle, and David Musselwhite (so we're told) reset the neck. Aside from the new nut and saddle, this D-18 is in original condition. Excellent guitar, this one!
- Back & Sides: Mahogany
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Year of Build: 1938
- Rosette: 18-style
- Body Binding: Ebony
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Head Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood with Martin logo decal
- Tuners: Grover open-back
- Bridge: Ebony with cut-through saddle
- Pins: Ebony, no dot
- Nut & Saddle: Bone
- Pickguard: Tortoise celluloid
- Nut Width: 1-3/4"
- Scale Length: 25.4"
- Condition: Excellent