Martin / D 18 / 1980 / Guitar
Martin D 18 (1980)
Serial #429225. Spruce top with mahogany back and sides, 14-fret mahogany neck, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, 1-11/16" nut width, 25.4" scale, rosewood bridge with bone saddle, black plastic pickguard, black body binding, chrome Grover Rotomatic tuners. Original finish. This guitar has been played a lot and shows appropriate pickwear on the top and buckle wear on the back. The crack on the lower back bout was professionally repaired. The action is quite comfortable and this guitar doesn´t need neck reset yet.
This Martin guitar plays fine for an instrument built in early eighties. It can be heard on the CD Quartet – Stránka pamětí.
With black thermoplastic OHSC.
Price: USD 2.000 / Approx. € 1.507
Vintage Beauty, Czech Republic
Vintage Beauty is a fun project which was put together by František Bašta and Martin Mikuláš from the Czech Republic in 2009. The momentum of this endeavor was driven by long felt love and admiration of vintage stringed musical instruments and their mystique. Being an active musician since 1987, Martin has played both banjo and guitar and was a member of different bluegrass and country bands in the Czech Republic through the years. František is primarily a businessman who doesn’t look toward this project only as an investor, but he also shares the passion for the aesthetic and tonal beauty of older and vintage instruments.
This project has no aspiration to become a new Gruhn Guitars or Elderly Instruments. By far we can never learn enough to close in on their knowledge and experience in the business, we don’t pursue it on full time basis and most importantly, we don’t live in a part of the world where banjos, mandolins, guitars or dobros are so frequent and move so quickly among musicians and collectors.
We don’t even know if we are building a small collection of older and vintage instruments or if we want to start it as a small business. What we know for sure is that we want to share the beauty of our instruments with other people who are interested – musicians, enthusiasts, customers or collectors. We are looking forward to communicate with you no matter if you want to discuss, buy, play or record with any of our instruments. Call us if you are looking for something you are not able to buy here, we can either get it for you or give you some advice where to ask. Also, if you are interested in any instrument presented on our web site and it doesn’t have a price tag, call us! Everything can be for sale if the conditions are right!
Martin & Franta