Excellent 1967 Martin D-18, a great playing vintage Martin with plenty of headroom and a nice easy action all the way up the neck. The D-18 needs no introduction, a mainstay of the Martin range since its introduction in 1931 with it’s unchanged pairing of Mahogany and Spruce in a Dreadnought body has become a timeless classic.
This guitar, dating to 1967 is from an era that Martin were making some changes across their entire range, D-18 included. Mostly cosmetic, theses changes included Tortoiseshell binding and pickguard giving way to black plastic in ’66 and the tuners as the brand of choice changed as Kluson became Grover matching the D-28.
This guitar features the prerequisite 18 Series Sitka Spruce top and solid Mahogany back and sides. The fingerboard is Rosewood as is the original drop in Rosewood bridge. The bridge plates became larger on Martins in the later 60s and shifted from Maple to Rosewood but this guitar still sports the earlier style smaller Maple example. The guitar has had an excellent neck set prior to coming to us and plays well with a great geometry. The frets and nut have been replaced well, the frets have plenty of height and show little wear. The guitar has a couple of small stable, cracks on the guitars back and signs of overspray to the back and neck.
The guitar has good balance and great projection with ample headroom. It offers the classic Dreadnought bass response with a detailed but not overpowering treble and a pleasant growl to the midrange. The guitar has a 1 11/16” nut width with an accepting medium C profile. The guitar comes with a later Martin black thermoplastic hard case.