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Martin D-18 Authentic 1939

New for 2013, Martin Guitars has gone into the vault and with the help of the Smithsonian Institute’s highly advanced CAT scan machines they have recreated vintage Martin’s from 1931,1933,1939 and 1941.

The high resolution images provided allowed Martin’s design team to see the past in incredible detail and recreate numerous hidden features and subtle nuances from Martin’s “golden era.”

All the details have been taken into consideration from minute differences in bridge plate thicknesses to unique bracing pattern subtleties and the delicate hide glued cloth side reinforcement strips. The handwork, finesse and incredible attention to detail required for these instruments has helped to create the most authentic “New Old” Martins ever!

The Martin D-18 Authentic 1939 is based on a guitar in the Martin museum and features mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, and uses an authentic circa 1939 bracing pattern. This piece is completed by using period-correct “18″ Authentic-style appointments, and an Authentic neck barrel and heel.


Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint – Hide Glue Construction

Body Size: D-14 Fret

Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce

Rosette: Old Style 18

Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ”X” Scalloped (Authentic Style) – Circa 1939 Rear-Shifted

Top Braces: Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16”

Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany

Back Purfling: Madagascar Rosewood(D28 Pattern)

Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany

Endpiece: Tortoise Color – Brown(1939 Shape)

Endpiece Inlay: none

Binding: Tortoise Color – Brown

Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron

Side Inlay: none

Back Inlay: none

Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany

Neck Shape: Authentic 1939 Barrel & Heel

Nut Material: Fossilized Ivory

Headstock: Solid/1939 Taper

Headplate: Solid Madagascar Rosewood/Large Golden Era Style

Heelcap: Solid Black Ebony

Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony

Scale Length: 25.4”

Number of Frets Clear: 14

Number of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-11/16”

Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8”

Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18 – 1939(Abalone)

Fingerboard Binding: none

Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner

Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner

Finish Neck: Polished Gloss w/Aging Toner

Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony

Bridge Style: Authentic Style Belly – Long Saddle

Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8”

Saddle: 16” Radius/Long Fossilized Ivory

Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel 4060 w/Butterbean Knobs

Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)

Bridge & End Pins: Black

Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color

Case: 545V Harptone

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