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1958 Martin D-18

This vintage Martin dread was featured numerous times on the Pennsylvania television station WARD with its original owner, a country singer named Ernie Hribar. We acquired this guitar from Ernie's estate sale in its personalized (and consequently undesirable to both collectors and players) condition with massive 1/4" thick black pickguards and Ernie's name painted on the fretboard. Highly regarded luthier Bryan Kimsey did a complete overhaul/restoration that included removal of the pickguard and heavy adhesives, new TorTis pickguard, neck reset, fretboard planning, refret, new bone nut, tuner cleanup and lube, and a platemate added to protect the original bridge plate. Now this all original (except for the pickguard) guitar is ready to make beautiful music for another 50 years.


Soundboard: Sitka Spruce
Back/Sides: Honduran Mahogany
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
Bracewood: Sitka Spruce


Body Style: Dreadnought
Bracing: Standard X
Neck Profile: Standard
Headstock: Square
Cutaway: None
Scale Length: 25.4"
Frets to Body: 14
Nut Width: 1.6875"
Bridge Spacing: 2.125"
Body Depth: 4.875"


Inlay: Dot
Headplate: None
Tuners: Kluson
Binding: Black Plastic
Backstrip: None
Rosette: B/W Line
Purfling: B/W Line
Pickguard: TorTis
Nut: Bone
Saddle: Bone
Bridge Pins: Plastic
Electronics: None
Truss Rod: T-Bar
Case: Original Hard


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