This consignment 1939 D-18 (72686) is by far the cleanest prewar wide neck D-18 that I have had in the shop. The spectacular condition is matched by the very colorful and forceful voice that has more fully developed through careful play in the last few years. Only about half of the 475 D-18s made by Martin in 1939 have this older style wide neck configuration. This guitar comes from one of three batches tortoise pattern plastic bound wide neck D-18s, batch # 924 from May 23, 1939. Special thanks to noted Martin historian Robert Corwin for providing this interesting bit of Martin historical development information. With the more complex sounding modern X-brace position and wide neck, this fairly rare transitional configuration represents some of my personal favorite Martin 14 Dreadnoughts. The surfaces are very clean, with only minor signs of handling and pick wear. There are three small areas of finish abrasion on the edge of the fingerboard, probably from a too-narrow Paige type capo. The guitar is entirely free of any cracks . The tuner surfaces remain bright and clean and they are in fine working order. The red colors of the pickguard remain intact, to to lack of exposure to sunlight. The guitar received an overly aggressive neck reset about 15 years ago, which has been corrected by Alan Perlman. The bridge saddle and frets are the only replacement parts. The voice is very complex, even string to string, and quite forceful, with a richly expressive musicality. A versatile instrument, this guitar is about as good as it gets for a 1930s D-18. The original Harptone case is also in great shape, with bright metal parts and just a few scuffed corners in the fabric. It will be difficult to find another great sounding example in this kind of clean and unmolested condition. With original Harptone case.
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