The guitar body is un-refinished with original top, neck, tuners, neck block, bridge plate. Nut is the original old world ivory.
Pins are unslotted buffalo horn, cu. Stom made by Bob Colosi of St. Certified Martin Luthier, John Hall of Hegins, PA Please see: BluesCreek Guitars.Did all recent work on this guitar, which was minimal, that included neck reset, 7 frets replaced and period bridge and ivory saddle. Research shows that the guitar was sent to Martin a couple times between the mid 40s and again in the 50s, but the work was not cataloged. We suspect that the fingerboard was replaced there as evidenced by the mother of pearl dot markers of identical size along with. A slightly over sized popsicle brace that was installed to handle the load. If you read up on these these guitars you'll find that some had some structural issues.
I suspect this was largely due to the use of heavy gauge strings and heavy playing, maybe lack of attention to humidity etc. The pick guard of this guitar looks old. I doubt that it's the original, but it is shrunken and firmly situated, so it's obviously been there a long time. Obviously this guitar was played, but the owner took really nice care of it. I'm really amazed at the condition of the body.The back and sides are really clean. It has not been refinished or oversprayed. I did polish it up for the untouched photographs. The head plate, which displays a few string changing marks, retains its shiny and vivid C F Martin & Co.
Each of the capstans from the Grover tuners has its hexagonal grommet. There's a tiny wood plug just below the logo which I suspect closed a hole used for a string guitar strap. The top is an unusually high grade Adirondack, with tight even grain. There is wear on the soundboard as you'd expect, but no open cracks.The major work appears to be at the end of the fretboard where most of the early structural failures occurred on these very lighted braced guitars. All few small cracks seen and unseen are professionally stabilized. There are three distinct wood plugs along the periphery of the upper left bout of the guitar. I have no idea why there was a defect there. As I stated, the back and sides, show less signs of use than any pre-war or war time Martin I have ever seen. The back has absolutely no buckle abrasion. The neck size is 1 3/4. 12th fret string height is just under 6/64 inch at the bass and at 4/64 inch at the treble side. About the sound, it's distinctly vintage Martin, but unique also.
I'm not going to give you some poetic subjective description. All I can say from a playing standpoint, and I'm comparing this to the half dozen other pre-wartime and wartime scalloped D-18s I have, (using Martin SP lights) to my ear, this guitar has a very balanced tone, with a rich, but not boomy bass and a nicely balanced treble.
The guitar actually vibrates in your hand with the strings off and you're talking. All well kept Martins of this age have their own distinct sound, that depends on the strings and even humidity.
This one ranks up there at the top of all I've played, and even better than the'44 currently listed by me, and that one is a true gem. These guitars were lightly built, and expected to be played hard, with an open sound right from the factory They had a lot of vibration. They don't require much effort to make them ring out. This lightness explains why there are so few in existence.
This configuration allowed more of the top to vibrate but as most players used heavy gauge strings back then, it also meant that the tops were more easily deformed under the heavy string tension. They believed that only 50% of the guitars made during those years remain today. This may or may not be true.
What is true, is that you won't find many that have as much of the original and important elements of the guitar intact. I can send photos on request. I will be happy to send additional images upon request.I brief video of the guitar can be found here. A video of the guitar can be found at "Nikos1121 1936 Martin D-18". The item "1936 Martin D-18. Original condition" is in sale since Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "nicksvintageguitars2015" and is located in LaGrange, Georgia. This item can be shipped worldwide.