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Old 07-08-2020, 09:04 AM
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Default 1955 Martin D-18 player - sale pending

If you've been after a 50's D-18 that has been played a lot, has tons of mojo, sounds great and is reasonably priced, this '55 (serial #confirmed) could be the one for you.

This one was owned by a professional player in the Boston area.

The fingerboard and bridge have been replaced with Ebony. The work was very well done. Everything is clean and tight. Adjustable truss rod installed at that time.

Original ivory nut.

Original, attractive, reddish tortoise colored pickguard and tight all around binding and end wedge.

Bob Colosi saddle and buffalo horn pins.

KK Pure mini installed.

Waverly #4060 nickel tuners

Attractive Brazilian headplate and heel cap..

Numerous repaired cracks. All sound & tight.

Considerable buckle rash and worn finish on the sides of lower bouts. Worn finish on back of neck. Cool pick wear around sound hole pickguard and f'board extension.

The neck profile on the 50's D-18's is considered to be among Martin's most comfortable.

In the 50's, Martin used "edge grained ivoroid" for the rosette and the purfling. Plus a ring of Brazilian in the rosette. Bill Collings like this look so much, he included it on most of his acoustics.

Frets are in excellent shaped and recently dressed.

1-11/16" nut width, 2-1/8" string spacing.

Action: playing cleanly at 5/64" low E and 4/64" high E.

Includes newer Geib style hard case.

Sale pending.
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