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1965 Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar  From Martin

This '65 D-18 is in exceptional condition and plays wonderfully. How does it sound? This is what we hear in our heads when we think VINTAGE DREAD.

Martin and Co.

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What We Think

This top is a work of art, a piece of history, and a powerhouse of tone. One strum and you'll understand why these older Martins are so highly coveted. It vibrates so freely! It's soaked up years and years worth of frequencies and can handle the most intricate (or simplest) of musical phrases with profound grace.

It’s in remarkably good condition. This was the last year that the D18 was offered with both a tortoise guard AND tortoise binding. The nut and saddle were recently replaced and the bridge pins are non-original. Possible neck re-set. Otherwise, it’s the same as it was 47 years ago!

The action is currently very low, making it ideal for bluegrass, but that said, there’s no way you could play this guitar and have it not sound wonderful. It’s just that good. You really have to hear it to believe it.

This one’s got it.


Martin 1965 D-18 Vintage Dreadnought Guitar - Acoustic Guitar Demo

This D18 Vintage Martin is the quintessential Vintage Dread everyone covets. This model from 1965 features a spruce top that looks like a piece of artwork, Mahogany back and sides, as well as tortoise shell pick guard and binding (the last year Martin offered this feature). Now is your chance to own a classic C. F. Martin, and not just any Martin, one that is dripping with tone, perfect for simple or intricate passages. An ideal canon for a bluegrass picker, the action is set low. Call for more information about this quality instrument. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703. Thanks to Keith Ganz for killin' it. Gear Used: Martin 1965 D18, Schoeps CMC6 w/ MK22 capsules, Vintech 573 mic pre, Lynx Aurora AD Converter

About Manufacturer

For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world. The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C. F. Martin, Sr.?s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830s to recent developments introduced by C. F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is a feat bordering on the remarkable, reflecting six generations of dedication to the guitarmaker?s craft. In or out of the music industry, C. F. Martin has few rivals for sheer staying power. Throughout its colorful history, the company has adapted successfully to continual changes in product design, distribution systems, and manufacturing methods. In spite of the many changes, C. F. Martin has never veered away from its initial commitment to quality. The concern for producing the finest instruments possible in 1833 is especially evident today at Martin?s expanded facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The story behind one of America?s most famous guitars began on January 31, 1796, in Markneukirchen, Germany, with the birth of Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. Born into a long line of cabinet makers, Christian Frederick took up the family craft at the early age of 15, when he left his hometown and traveled to Vienna to apprentice with Johann Stauffer, a renowned guitar maker.


Body: D (15-3/4")

Top: Spruce

Back & Sides: Mahogany

Fretboard, Bridge and Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood

Tuners: Grover Rotomatic

Nut: Bone 1-11/16

Scale: 25.4

Case: Hardshell 

Pickgaurd and Body Binding: Tortoise (Plastic)