C. F. Martin & Co / D-18 / 1943 / Guitar For Sale

Martin D-18 1943 - one of the most outstanding guitars we ever came across ... a rare pre-war dreadnought with huge and bold sound. This cool guitar is just a few serial numbers far from the famous Elvis Presley D-18 which sold in auction for $1.32 million!

As you can already see from the pictures, this guitar is in a rough shape. It came to us in need of restoration and our luthier Domenico Pizzonia did a fantastic job in restoring it nicely. The guitar plays great and sounds amazing.

It has all the desired pre-war features: scalloped bracing, Adirondack spruce top, lightly built … the “holy grail” of acoustic guitars, to say the least!

We are proud that we’ve landed this beautiful Martin D-18 that comes to us from all the way back in 1943. As one of the original Dreadnoughts, the D-18 has captured the hearts of players since the early 1930s. From Elvis to David Crosby, the D-18 has been in the hands of legendary players for decades.

What can we say about the sound? … this really is the holy grail. We’ve never heard anything quite like it. Big, open, very proud … just incredibly good sounding. These guitars are also legendary for their dynamic, projection and sustain. This guitar is a prime example of that.

We have the original and beaten up case for this guitar, but can also deliver it in a newer Martin case - this decision we leave to the buyer.

This is the real vintage deal for a D-18 that’s seen miles of action, and is ready for a whole lot more.

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Vintage Guitar World was founded out of passion for guitar playing and the search for the special sound.Selling guitars is not just a job for us – we love guitars and live music.

We are specialized in classical, flamenco and acoustic guitars. As our name already suggests, our preference is on vintage and historically valuable guitars.We want to offer our customers special, unique and high quality guitars.

Guitars which are specially selected and outstanding in sound.All guitars are checked and adjusted. We work closely together with guitar builders and repair shops to adjust each guitar.

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