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D-18 Authentic 1939

The Basics

Here to remind you why you fell in love with us in the first place, the new Authentics are constructed the old way - with hide glue, throughout, and historically-accurate detailing confirmed by using a CAT scan machine located at the Smithsonian Institute. Based on a 1939 D-18 in our museum, this guitar features genuine mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top, using an authentic circa 1939 bracing pattern. Period-correct "18" Authentic-style appointments, with an Authentic neck barrel and heel, complete this piece. Martin’s new Vintage Tone System (VTS) is employed for the top and braces.

The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.

Learn more about Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS) at www.martinguitar.com/VTS.

List Price: $6,749.00
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Model:
D-18 Authentic 1939
Construction:
Genuine Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
Body Size:
D-14 Fret
Top:
VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce
Rosette:
Old Style 18
Top Bracing Pattern:
Standard ''X'' Scalloped (Authentic Style) - Circa 1939 Rear-Shifted
Top Braces:
VTS Solid Adirondack Spruce 5/16''
Back Material:
Genuine Mahogany
Back Purfling:
Madagascar Rosewood(D28 Pattern)
Side Material:
Genuine Mahogany
Endpiece:
Tortoise Color - Brown(1939 Shape)
Endpiece Inlay:
none
Binding:
Tortoise Color - Brown
Top Inlay Style:
Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Side Inlay:
none
Back Inlay:
none
Neck Material:
Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape:
Authentic 1939 Barrel & Heel
Nut Material:
Bone
Headstock:
Solid/1939 Taper
Headplate:
Solid Madagascar Rosewood/Large Golden Era Style
Heelcap:
Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Material:
Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length:
25.4''
Number of Frets Clear:
14
Number of Frets Total:
20
Fingerboard Width at Nut:
1-11/16''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:
2-1/8''
Fingerboard Position Inlays:
Old Style 18 - 1939(Abalone)
Fingerboard Binding:
none
Finish Back & Sides:
Vintage Gloss
Finish Top:
Vintage Gloss
Finish Neck:
Vintage Gloss
Bridge Material:
Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style:
Authentic Style Belly - Long Saddle
Bridge String Spacing:
2-1/8''
Saddle:
16" Radius/Long Bone
Tuning Machines:
Waverly Nickel 4060 w/Butterbean Knobs
Recommended Strings:
Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins:
Black
Pickguard:
Delmar Tortoise Color
Case:
545V Harptone
Interior Label:
none
Electronics:
none
Other Options:
Available left-handed at no additional charge
Other Comments:
All prices & specifications are subject to change without notice.
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