A shining example of a '70s D-18, this 1976 model features a beautifully grained Sitka spruce top, Honduran mahogany back/sides/neck, rosewood bridge/fretboard/headplate, original ivory nut and saddle, celluloid nitrate pickguard, and original blue Martin hard shell case. The guitar has been retrofitted with Waverly nickel tuners (as per the Golden Era models), the original Grover Rotomatics are included in the case, a set of Graph Tech TUSQ bridge pins have also been installed for maximum clarity and resonance.
Condition is excellent overal with the top/back/sides free of any cracks, the neck was professionally reset a few years ago leaving the guitar with an incredibly playable low-medium action and the guitar presents with none of the issues typically associated with some '70s Martins (misaligned bridges/incorrect intonation).
There is some minor playwear consistent with age and a well-cared for instrument, there is still plenty of fret life left but the frets have been dressed over the lifetime of the guitar and are on the lower end of the spectrum.
Tonally this guitar is everything a D-18 should be; clear and bell-like trebles and a piano-esque quality to the bass, we have setup and strung the guitar with a fresh set of Martin Retro (Monel) strings for maximum tonal performance.
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