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1948 CF Martin D 18

1948 C.F. Martin D-18

CITES A10 Certificate  #553385/01

   A cleaner and better sounding late 40s' D-18 would be very difficult indeed to find.  This is one gorgeous instrument.  All original with almost no playwear, it has solid mahogany rims and back with a solid spruce top, mahogany neck and Brazilian rosewood board and bridge.  Crack free other than a very tight and short "B" string crack behind the pickguard. Finish is clear with a lovely amount of craqeuleur and a few bruises here and there.  This is a year where Martin was using a top toner and the colour has become very rich and carmel-like.  Beautiful.

    Sonically, it is fat, woody and rich with a real punch when hit but with a beguiling and subtle harmonics when treated with a gently hand.  Fingerpicks as well as flatpicks, it is the classic workhorse all rounder.  Harder and harder to find, especially in this country. 


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