Here's a great example of a 50's Martin! This particular 1953 Martin D18 comes to us from legendary session Guitarist/Composer Lyle Workman ( Todd Rundgren ,Sting, Beck, Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Good Boys). Lyle says he's used it on a lot of recordings so you know it's a great playing instrument with some cool history! Along with its Rosewood counterpart, the D-28, the Martin D-18 stands as one of the true original dreadnoughts introduced by Martin in 1932. The D-18 made a switch from a 12-fret to a 14-fret instrument in 1934 and has stayed largely the same since, with just the occasional change in wood source or cosmetic detail. Since the D-18 uses Mahogany instead of Rosewood, it is thought to have a somewhat crisper sound with more definition in the the top-end. The braces from this time are heavier than the earlier prewar scalloped braces, but they are a little lighter than the braces Martin used a few years later. This guitar has a clear, rich bass response that isn’t too boomy, and trebles are clear and open sounding. Some small cracks were repaired on one side by noted LA Guitar Tech Noric Renson.
Nut Width : 1.64"
Body Style: Dreadnought
Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides, Sitka Spruce top, 1-piece mahogany neck