This spectacular sounding 1935 Martin D-18 (61731) is one of my favorite D-18s that I have ever played because it is very colorful, tonally balanced, and has a tremendously wide dynamic range. It only comes back to the shop on consignment because the owner is having shoulder trouble and can not comfortably play guitars larger than OOO size now. This guitar underwent a complete restoration in the mid 1970s, before I bought it in June of 1979. It had gotten 6 top crack repairs (including 2 splints) and 6 side crack repairs, a sawn fingerboard neck reset, a small triangular patch at the endpin, and a complete thinly applied lacquer refinish then. Since then it has received a fingerboard replacement, new bridge with drop-in saddle slot, a thin, small helper plate for the worn original bridgeplate, a post-1939 style flat brace between the neck block and fingerboard extgension brace, a recent Martin decal, new unspotted bridge pins, and a set of Grover G-93 tuners, probably from 1936. The guitar plays like a dream these days. I would have a taller bridge saddle made for heavier bluegrass playing to go along with the current medium-low bridge saddle and probably keep the old tuners in the case pocket and install some new drop-in Waverly G-98 style tuners. I am thrilled to have it back for a short while on consignment. With TKL hard case.
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