1972 C. F. Martin D-18 Dreadnought
C. F. Martin Guitars
From my personal collection, I am offering this great 1972 Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar. I very recently gave it the spa treatment that included a neck reset, a level and dress of the original frets (first redress) and installed a new hand compensated bone saddle – the nut is factory original. This guitar is different than any D-18’s that have crossed my bench in 20 plus years. The tone spectrum is very balanced and loud especially for a guitar with mahogany back and sides. Upon closer inspection you will find that the Sitka spruce top has been meticulously scalloped at the factory allowing the top to really present – great for Bluegrass and finger style. There are (2) light cracks in the lower side waist that have been secured and cleated along with the typical “B string” crack that has been repaired as well along with a new pick guard. The most interesting characteristic of this beauty is that it is obvious that a previous owner was a top tapper. You can see in the photos the pattern is very clear. If you often wonder about a guitars story this one might be like reading a novel. It does have the typical dents and scratches that a 46 year old might collect over the years but all cosmetic. It comes with a new Martin 640 Dreadnought Hardshell Case that was purchased in 2011. This is a great guitar that will be singing for a long time to come.
- Factory scalloped top braces,
- Very recent neck reset (Nov 17), fret level and dress on original frets
- New compensated bone saddle with original bone nut. Great action!
- Original Grover tuners,
- Strung with D'Addario EXP17 medium gage strings
- Recent Martin 640 Dreadnought Hardshell Case
HG&R Price: $2450.00 + tax