Martin Guitars

1939 Martin D-18, Serial Number 72686

Serial number 72686 was stamped on May 23, 1939 and cleared final inspection on September 24 that year.

The guitar has rear-X bracing but retains the 1-3/4" wide neck. Style 18 guitars usually had black celluloid binding but the binding on this guitar is tortoiseshell celluloid.

The tuners are Grover G-98 pointed plate machines with unseamed butterbean buttons.

Style 18 features:

Back and sides: Mahogany

Top: Red spruce (Adirondack)

Binding: Tortoiseshell celluloid

Purfling: Lines

Backstripe: None

Other period features:

Scalloped braces

Brazilian rosewood belly bridge

Steel T-bar neck reinforcement

Nickel silver T-frets

Dot inlays

Style stamp

No "Made in USA" stamp on back of headstock

Photos courtesy of Steve Swan Guitars

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