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1956 C.F. Martin & Co D-18

We work hard to source the best and most original vintage guitars. This fine, all-original¬†Martin dreadnought features gorgeous mahogany back and sides with a straight-braced Sitka spruce top. The 1950’s D-18 has proved quite popular with players, offering great tone and precise performance in a vintage guitar. The balanced, punchy tone works great for performing and recording.

The only prior repair to this one involved gluing a short, tight pick guard crack. You can’t see it from the inside and you can barely see it from the front. Aside from that this D-18 is completely crack and issue free. The original bridge is full height, set up with proper saddle height and string break for best tone and spot on intonation. David Hatchard performed an impeccable neck reset and the guitar plays effortlessly. 12th fret action measures 2/32″ on the high E string and 3/32″ on the low E string. Truly some of David’s best work and not surprising when starting with such an untouched, original guitar.

The original finish has aged beautifully. What a treat to see an old Martin that never got over sprayed or modified in any way. Nobody tried to install a strap button. It never had a pickup. No capo scars. Just the hands of previous players leaving their mark with some pick wear and dings to add to the patina. The original nickel Kluson De Luxe tuners hold tune and have oxidized nicely to a vintage dull finish, along with some lacquer flaking on the back of the headstock.

The elegant simplicity of this timeless design, so well preserved with all interior braces tight and clean after half a century tells you everything you need to know about the level of craftsmanship coming out of the C.F. Martin factory in the 1950’s.

For someone who doesn’t want to compromise on originality or sound, this D-18 is a true original survivor. Get that classic dreadnought tone only a¬† Martin D size can produce.

Includes a period correct hard shell case.

  • Year: 1956
  • Manufacturer: C. F. Martin
  • Model: D-18
  • Case: Vintage Hardshell
  • Color: Natural
  • Condition: Clean & Original