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vintage 1945 martin d-18 acoustic guitar
vintage 1945 martin d-18 acoustic guitar
vintage 1945 martin d-18 acoustic guitarnew martin d-18 acoustic guitar
vintage 1945 martin d-18 acoustic guitarnew martin d-18 acoustic guitar
vintage 1945 martin d-18 acoustic guitarnew martin d-18 acoustic guitar
vintage 1945 martin d-18 acoustic guitarnew martin d-18 acoustic guitar
vintage 1945 martin d-18 acoustic guitarnew martin d-18 acoustic guitar
vintage 1945 martin d-18 acoustic guitarnew martin d-18 acoustic guitar

Acoustic Flat Top1945 Martin D-18

There's something about a well-worn, wartime Martin that defies explanation. Maybe it's the many thousands of songs that have been played. Or perhaps it's the bumps and bruises that come with several decades of service, having been passed between generations of family, friends, or even to complete strangers. It's history, with six strings. The sum is far greater than its parts, and like us, guitars age one day at a time - no more, and no less. You can make a guitar look older, but until we can bend time...you get the idea.

This wartime D-18 belonged to our longtime friend Ric Hollister, of Jack Knife and the Sharps fame. Anyone who has ever seen Ric perform can attest that he brings his very best to the stage, every time, all the time. And this D-18 looks like it has lived the same sort of life. Like the earlier wartime examples, this guitar eschews the steel T-bar style truss rod in favor of a similarly shaped truss rod made from ebony (wartime rationing). It's had two or three full refrets, two or three neck resets, a replaced bridge plate, newer tuners, a repaired headstock crack, and several top cracks that have either been splined or cleated. The finish has been worn through to the wood in several spots, and at least through several layers of finish in many others. This isn't a wall hanger, it's a player's guitar. It has an amazing voice with excellent projection. Ric may have rocked and rolled with this, but it would also make a world-class bluegrass guitar. The real deal. Comes with a later hard case. $6500

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