1936 Martin D-18 Dark Top Guitar (Serial Number 64161)

Serial number 64161 is one of those rarely seen dark top D-18 guitars from 1936. It was stamped on August 19, 1936 and cleared final inspection on October 20 that year.
The Martin records don't state this guitar was made as a dark top but that is not very surprising since Martin didn't always record this detail. The records do indicate that at least thirty-six 1936 D-18s were made as dark tops so, with this guitar, it looks like the number of 1936 D-18 dark tops needs to be increased to 37.

The tuners are Grover G-98 pointed plate machines with rounded un-seamed metal buttons.

This guitar was once owned by Cowboy Bill Massie.


Cowboy Bill Massie and his band


Vintage photo of the guitar in this article


Style 18 features:

Back and sides: Mahogany

Top: Red spruce (Adirondack)

Purfling: Lines

Binding: Black celluloid

Back stripe: None

Other period features:

Scalloped forward X-bracing

Ebony fingerboard

Ebony belly bridge

Steel T-bar neck reinforcement

1-3/4" neck width at nut

25.4” scale length

Tortoiseshell celluloid pick guard

Dot fingerboard inlays

Decal on front of headstock

No C. F. Martin stamp on back of headstock

Style stamp


Photos courtesy of Gruhn Guitars



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