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2007 Martin D-18 Authentic


Soundboard: Adirondack Spruce
Back/Sides: Honduran Mahogany
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony


Body Style: Dreadnought
Bracing: Prewar 5/16" Scalloped
Neck Profile: Full Vintage
Headstock: Traditional Square
Cutaway: None
Scale Length: 25.4"
Frets to Body: 14
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Width at Bridge: 2 5/16"
Body Depth: 4 7/8"


Inlay: Dot
Headplate: Rosewood
Tuners: Gotoh Nickel
Binding: Black Boltaron
Backstrip: Rosewood Strip
Rosette: Old D-18
Purfling: D-18
Pickguard: Synthetic Tortoise
Nut: Fossil Ivory
Saddle: Fossil Ivory
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Electronics: None
Truss Rod: Steel T-Bar
Case: Original Hard



I'm very pleased to offer our second pre-owned D-18 Authentic. This model's been generating all kinds of buzz since its introduction. Martin's Golden Era guitars have been so popular and critically acclaimed that it was hard for people to figure out how a guitar could get any more "authentic" in its recreation of the magic prewar formula. Listen to one of these things and you'll figure out that this is no repackaged D-18GE - the Authentic is without question an outstanding and unique guitar that distances itself from its good but more pedestrian little brother. From the huge vintage neck profile to the hide glue and t-bar neck reinforcement, the Martin folks stayed as close as possible to the original configurations that produced the outstanding instruments of the '30s. Open, loud, and punchy with a huge bass response, I'd say the Authentic is one of the best options out there if you want to be heard in a jam. I love vintage instruments as much as the next guy, but by most accounts, this will get you 90% of the way to a '30s D-18 at a fraction of the cost. This is a special model that will only become more appreciated in the years to come when these fine materials have become too scarce and expensive to stay in common use.

I'm calling this one excellent condition, as the guitar has been played quite a bit in its short life but has only superficial, very light playwear on the top to show for it. As you can see in the picture, the pretty Adirondack top displays a unique of "super-bearclaw", long waves in the grain that give a shimmering effect to the top that I like a lot.

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