Martin first introduced their Dreadnought models in 1931 after a custom order from the Oliver Ditson company. This 1948 D-18 is a classic variation of this classic design. Featuring a Sitka Spruce top, this D-18 features Mahogany back and sides, giving the guitars a warm, focused tone. The combination of the Mahogany back with the large body makes this guitar perfect for players looking to combine both strumming and flat-picking sounds in one guitar. The Mahogany neck is topped with a 20 fret Rosewood fingerboard that's inlaid with understated Pearl dots. The non-scalloped "X" bracing provides rock-solid stability, and a great blooming projection when you dig in. The 18 style appointments, such as the Tortoise binding and simple rosette, give the guitar a gorgeous look.
The over-65 years of aging have given this guitar an amazing tone that fills up a room like no other! The finish is aged as one would expect from a guitar of this vintage, including buckle marks on the back and pick marks on the top, but it is in otherwise very good condition. The neck was professionally reset and refretted, breathing new life into the guitar. The original bridge was re-glued as well, and features a new set of bridge pins.