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‼️Reduced‼️ C. F. Martin D18 75th Anniversary No. 23 Natural, 2008

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During 2009, the Martin Guitar company built a special series of limited edition guitars, including this wonderful D18 75th Anniversary model.

The C. F. Martin D18 75th Anniversary series was based on the first 14-fret dreadnoughts, built during 1934. This line was the precursor to the Golden Era models, and used aged toners, Adirondack Spruce tops, classic scalloped bracing, V-profile neck, and a 1934 style bridge with long saddle. Waverly tuners are installed, and there are no electronics.

The fingerboard is a bit wider than current D-18 models, at 1.77 inches or 45mm, again reflecting the original specs. The neck profile is correspondingly larger.

The C.F. Martin D18 75th Anniversary does have a concession to modernity – the pickguard was placed after the top was finished, rather than directly to the top. This seemingly small detail helps preserve the guitar; many of the original examples have top cracks induced by the difference in humidity response between the top and the pickguard!

This example is number 23 of the total run – the number built was not set initially by Martin, but was based on the number of orders received. It is in very good condition with very light wear, primarily a small amount of scuffing by the pickguard. It has been played, but not heavily, and has been well looked after. It sounds good, but it hasn’t been played enough to really develop its voice – it will be fantastic once it does.

The original Martin case is included.


 

Price: $3199.99 CAD
  • Model: D-18 75th Anniversary
  • Year: 2009
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1333920 No.23
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 12/03/2019

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.29lbs 1.95kg
  • Scale Length: 645mm 25.4in
  • Nut Width: 45mm 1.77in
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