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Martin D-18 Authentic 1937 VTS (406)

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
FINISH TOP: 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"
BRACE MATERIAL: Adirondack Spruce with VTS
BACK AND SIDES COLOR: Dark Mahogany
BRACE SIZE: 5/16"
BACK DETAIL: None
BACK PURFLING/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

 

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