1979 Martin D-18S 12-Fret (Slotted Headstock, OHSC)

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A rare 12-fret, slotted headstock dreadnought sized offering from Martin! First introduced in the early 1930s, the 'S' series dreadnought guitars from Martin have seen very little alteration in their specification since. Fingerstyle players should enjoy this instrument as it is one of the few production models which retain a full width 1 3/4" nut! 

To our ears, the sloped shoulders on the 'S' series guitars tend to tame the often aggressive and boomy low-end a dreadnought often has. This reclaimed space in the tonal spectrum allows for the rich midrange of the instrument to shine, again favouring dynamic players and adding to the versatility of the instrument. 

This particular model was crafted in 1979 and is very original. No overspray or repairs. Original 'Pat Pend' Grover tuners. Slotted headstock with Martin decal. Post-1965 '18 Style' aesthetic appointments including a sleek solid black pickguard, black body binding with and a 5 ply rosette. Good neck angle and very comfortable action.  

All in all a highly captivating vintage '18' style Martin perfect for the player or collector. 


Finish: Natural Gloss

Body Material: Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Solid Mahogany back & sides.

Neck Material: Solid Mahogany with Rosewood Fingerboard, slotted headstock.

Fingerboard Material: Indian Rosewood, Dot Mother of Pearl inlays. Rosewood Headplate

Neck Profile: C

Neck Details: Set neck

Pickups: Passive Piezo pickup

Electronics: As above

Hardware: Grover 'Patent Pending' nickel machine heads.

Modifications / Repairs: Passive Piezo Pickup, endpin jack for pickup. Strap pin added to the side of the neck heel, evidence of a strap pin being installed on the base of neck heel (see photos)

Cosmetic Condition: Very good condition overall. Top sees minimal bruising, some shrinkage to the pickguard sees some pulling of the top lacquer on the treble side. 

Tech Notes: Setup by our in house technician with Martin Retro 12-53s 

Case Details: Original Blue 'Marlin' Martin Hardcase. 

Serial Number: 428622

Made in: USA

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