Whether Strummed or picked, whether playing rock ‘n’ roll or country, this exemplary D-18 exhibits all of the traits that Martin guitars are renowned for—beautifully rounded lows and silky-smooth highs, not to mention mids as pronounced as an upper-crust Englishman’s elocution.
We bought this beautiful instrument from the daughter of the original owner. Her father purchased it new at Johnny Smith Music in Colorado, and the case still bears a badge from that store. The guitar bears every indication that it was babied from new: there are no cracks, and very little in the way of wear. The frets still have plenty of life, the action remains quite low and the saddle still has a bit of room for a future shave to lower the action. Although a neck reset might be called for in the future, for now the guitar plays just fine.
Includes original “Steal Me” Martin logo case, with various period-correct accessories, including a selection of picks and a vintage Seiko electronic tuner, in the pocket. At some point, likely in the ‘80s, an undersaddle pickup was professionally installed, with the jack in the rear strap button and a battery clip attached to the neck block. The serial number, 3307__, indicates that the guitar was built in ’71, but the light weight and refined tone harken back to an earlier era. SOLD