When it comes to flatpicking, it’s tough to beat an old Martin D-18. This example from 1954 is perfectly played in, with the sort of playing wear reserved for the best sounding guitars out there.
This instrument is dry and punchy, with a beautiful clarity often present in Martins from this era. Straight-braced, this guitar has plenty of balance, volume and responsiveness.
While traditionally used as a bluegrass flatpicking machine, this D-18 is equally suited to folky strumming and fingerpicking a-la Bob Dylan. This guitar is well-loved, and while it is by no means a collector’s piece, it is in great playing condition. The action is just right for flatpicking, but the saddle has room for adjustment for the player seeking lower action.
The guitar plays well up and down the neck, and is ready to hit the stage or the studio. It also comes with its original hardshell case as well as payment records from the original owner, who purchased the guitar and case in 1955.
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides: Mahogany
- Rosette: 18-Style
- Body Binding: Tortoise
- Neck: Mahogany One-Piece
- Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
- Head Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood
- Fretboard Binding: None
- Tuners: Closed Back Kluson-Style
- Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
- Pins: Black Plastic, No Dots
- Saddle: Bone Cut-Through
- Nut: Bone
- Pickguard: Tortoise Colour Celluloid
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale Length: 25.4"