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Martin D-18 Authentic 1939

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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.

Specifications for the Martin D-18 Authentic 1939:

  • 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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Price: $7,699.00 CAD
  • Model: D-18 Authentic 1939
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 06/09/2013

  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Scale Length: 645.26mm 25.4in
  • Nut Width: 42.86mm 1.6875in
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