THE AUTHENTIC SERIES | The Golden Era is back: those years between the late 1920s and 1942 when a perfect storm of innovation, materials, and craftsmanship at Martin produced some of the world’s finest, most sought-after guitars that sound better as they age. The Authentic Series are new instruments constructed to be faithful looking and sounding reproductions of history-making, pre-war models like the D-45, D-18, and 00-17.

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The Custom Shop Aged Process

Built like it’s 1935.

They’re built using traditional hide glue, pocketed hand-shaped bracing, and other timeless techniques in the Martin Custom Shop. Our Vintage Tone System ages the wood to accurately replicate the tone and look of Martin’s coveted pre-war guitars. The Authentic Series: new guitars designed to take you back in time.

Key Specs

  • Custom Shop Built 
  • Vintage Tone System tops
  • Hide glue construction
  • Pocketed hand-shaped bracing

While it may be impossible to infuse 70 or 80 years of playing time into the wood and finish of a new Martin, these new models from the Authentic Series offer the closest thing to taking a time machine back to the 1930s to buy a brand new OM-18 or D-18, and starting it off on its own 80-year journey of vintage Martin mojo.”

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D-18 Authentic 1939 Aged