1937 was an excellent year for guitars with a perfect storm of craftsmanship, innovation, and materials. This Authentic Series replication of a 1937 D-18 stays true to the original with hide glue construction and historically accurate detailing. This guitar features genuine mahogany back and sides and an Adirondack spruce top, and it includes an Authentic circa 1937 bracing pattern. It includes period-correct "18" Authentic-style appointments and an Authentic neck barrel and heel, and new this year, a more accurate body profile based on dreadnought shapes from the early Golden Era of Martin’s history. Martin’s VINTAGE TONE SYSTEM® (VTS) is employed to age the top and braces, which captures the tone from the 1930s era. Martin’s craftspeople can recreate the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar and reproduce the particular tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.
BODY SIZE: Authentic D-14 Fret FINISHTOP: Vintage Gloss CONSTRUCTION: Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction BACK AND SIDE FINISH: Vintage Gloss BRACING PATTERN: Forward Shifted X Brace SCALE LENGTH: 25.4" BRACE SHAPE: Scalloped FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 3/4'' TOP MATERIAL: Adirondack Spruce with VTS NECK SHAPE: Authentic 1937 BACK MATERIAL: Genuine Mahogany NECK TAPER: Standard Taper SIDE MATERIAL: Genuine Mahogany TOP COLOR: Clear BRIDGE STYLE: Authentic Belly - Glue in Long Saddle BINDING: Brown Tortoise Pattern BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 1/4'' TOP INLAY MATERIAL: Multi-Stripe BRIDGE MATERIAL: Ebony TOP DETAIL: None BRIDGE PIN MATERIAL: Black Plastic PICKGUARD: Tortoise Pattern SADDLE: Bone ROSETTE: Old Style 18 Multi-Stripe SADDLE RADIUS: 16" BRACEMATERIAL: Adirondack Spruce with VTS BACK AND SIDES COLOR: Dark Mahogany BRACE SIZE: 5/16" BACK DETAIL: None BACKPURFLING/STRIP: Madagascar Rosewood HEELCAP: Ebony ENDPIECE: Brown Tortoise Pattern NECK MATERIAL: Genuine Mahogany FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Ebony FINISH NECK: Vintage Gloss FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 1/4'' NECK COLOR: Dark Mahogany FINGERBOARD INLAY STYLE: Old Style 18 NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL: 20 FINGERBOARD INLAY MATERIAL: Abalone NECK JOINS BODY AT: 14th Fret FINGERBOARD BINDING MATERIAL: None SIDE DOTS: Grained Ivoroid HEADSTOCK SHAPE: Solid with 1937 Taper TUNING MACHINES: Waverly Nickel Open Back HEADPLATE MATERIAL: Madagascar Rosewood KNOB: Butterbean HEADPLATE LOGO STYLE: Script Old Style Overlay NUT MATERIAL: Bone HEADPLATE BINDING MATERIAL: None